Two Languages are Better than One
Our world has changed dramatically in the last few decades
and is moving closer to becoming fully interconnected. Succeeding for our children will require new ways of thinking, strong language skills and an open mind. Learning another language is a step toward joining the global community. More than half of the world’s population is bilingual, making mastering a second language a new way of interacting with the world.
Research shows students who are fluent in multiple languages consistently outperform their peers on standard language and academic achievement tests. Furthermore, students who master more than one language also develop better cognitive skills, including enhanced creativity, adaptability, analytical skills and multi-tasking abilities. Bilingual students show a willingness and ability to learn a third language. Attending class in a diverse cultural and socioeconomic environment has been shown to positively affect relationships, attitudes and behaviors.
In addition to being a valuable résumé builder and competitive advantage when in competition for universities and jobs, recent research states that bilingualism may also improve early brain development and improve the ability to focus in distracting environments, decide between competing alternatives and disregard irrelevant information.
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