Monday, July 26, 2010
Raising Bilingual Children, Any Benefits?
Since I'm French, and speak French fluently, I always wondered what kind of benefits it would give my children to teach them both English and French.
I never doubted that there were benefits to teaching them two languages, but always wondered exactly what they get from being bilingual.
I've done some research from different websites and sources, and many of them agree on the same benefits. If you don't speak another language, consider introducing foreign languages to your children early on, as it can definitely help them in the future.
Learning a foreign language has broad cognitive benefits: According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language
~ It is beneficial to the development of problem solving abilities, memory skills, reading abilities, ability to hypothesize in science, and even mathematics.
~ It correlates with higher academic achievement, including standardized tests and college level academic performance.
Also, it enhances cultural understanding. Being able to speak to people from different countries and cultures exposes the child to different ways of thinking, different attitudes, habits and views.
As well as, Increased self-esteem & self-confidence.
There are many more benefits, but I thought these were definitely a great incentive to continue teaching my children to learn two languages, and encourage others to teach foreign languages to their children.