Bilingual Advantage

Dr. Robert M. Kurtz, speech language pathologist states the following:

Growing up bilingual can be a tremendous blessing. In addition to the obvious benefit (i.e., the ability to speak and understandmore than one language), recent research has revealed a number of cognitive advantages to bilingualism. Bilingu

al children have been shown to have:

 

  1. Better metalinguistic awareness (ability to identify and describe characteristics and features of language).
  2. Better classification skills.
  3. Better concept formation.
  4. Better analogical reasoning.
  5. Better visual-spatial skills.
  6. Better storytelling skills.
  7. Better semantic development.

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From the Center for Applied Linguisticslearning a second language at an early age...

  • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
  • Enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • Improves a child's understanding of his or her native language.
  • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people he or she would otherwise not have had the chance to know.
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps the child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • Gives the child a head start in language requirements for college.
  • Increases job opportunities in many careers in which knowing another language is a real asset. 
Some interesting reading on bilingualism: