Benefits of Bilingual Education
Schools that offer curriculum in a bilingual system produce intelligent, perceptive and highly intuitive people. This is because people who grow up in a bilingual environment are believed to have an edge over those who can only speak their native language.
Enhanced Cognitive Ability
Our brain is capable of acquiring multiple languages, learning a new one increases the elasticity of the brain and helps prevent memory loss or Alzheimer’s, and even delay the onset of dementia.
Since children’s brains have stronger elasticity, they are able to grasp new information faster than adults. This is why it is best to introduce a new language at an early age. They gain better literacy skills, and they become creative in choosing the right words to convey ideas or emotions. They learn the etymology of the words and its proper pronunciations that will eventually parallel the native speakers when they become an adult.
Switching from one language to another makes bi-cultural people very adept at multitasking and helps them make better decisions.
Social and Emotional
Kids raised in a bilingual household tend to be friendlier, more confident and socially aware. They want to connect to other people who can speak their language, and they become more accepting of different cultures. Opening to a new culture helps one become more flexible to the changing environment.
As an adult, bilinguals have a propensity to travel the world, connect to different kinds of people and even try to learn other languages. They gain a better global perspective, the ability to see the world in different vantage points, and a deeper appreciation for cultural differences.
A better management of conflicts is also an apparent benefit. People who can handle conflicts are emotionally and mentally strong. They can also better handle ambiguities and adaptable to change.
Since the brain of bilinguals function differently, they also operate differently. Although it is not necessary to know more than one language in order to excel in school, the developed cognitive skills lead to other benefits. They have stronger reading and comprehension skills enriched by their superior vocabulary skills.
They are critical-thinkers. According to research, bilinguals have great mathematical skills. They can find better ways to solve a problem. They are innovative and highly creative.
Studies also show that learning other languages strengthen the first language learned. They developed a better ear in differentiating words ands sounds, and a side-by-side comparison to the native language. Accessing newly learned vocabulary while inhibiting other words from a different language is a skill.
Better Career Options
Multilinguals are a cut above others. They are seen as confident and highly intelligent because of their ability to speak different languages. Employers prefer bilinguals or multilinguals because they can cross cultural barriers, and are more open to diverse people. As a result, they have better job opportunities abroad or in multinational companies.
Other Personal Benefits
Knowledge of other languages builds self-confidence, a higher value of self-worth, open-mindedness and potentially a diverse group of friends.