The Importance of Bilingualism
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Academic Advantages

  • Students who learn to read in their native langauge become better at reading in English than students who study in English-only classrooms. That is to say, a student who learns to read in Spanish and then transfers that knowledge to English will be a better reader in English than a student who has only studied in English. 
  • Students in a bilngual program strengthen their Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Students in a bilngual program can study the literature and culture of Latin America.
  • Students in a bilngual program develop a more complex and sophisticated understanding of grammatical structures.
  • Teachers in a bilngual program can more easily communicate with family.

 

Cognitive Advantages

  • Compared to their monolingual peers, bilinguals excel at complex problem solving.
  • Compared to their monolingual peers, bilinguals are more creative 
  • These benefits last into adulthood!
  • In certain studies, bilingualsim has correlated with a resistance to the onset of dimentia and Alzheimer's disease.

 

Personal and Professonal Advantages

  • Bilingual students can communicate with family as well as school staff
  • Bilingualism opens up various career opportunities
  • Bilingualism is considered an advantage in the college applicaitons and the job market