Benefits of Bilingualism

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Benefits of Bilingualism

Knowing about the benefits that Bilingualism can bring helps us to stick to our decision in difficult times.
It also motivates us to continue when our child reaches a “learning plateau”:

Communication advantages Bilingualism enables the child to communicate with all members of the close and extended family as well as with friends. This helps developing a good family cohesion and building relationships. Bilingualism allows greater flexibility to choose a place to live and work
Cultural advantages As language is part of culture, Bilingualism develops a broader cultural understanding and multicultural sensitivity, greater tolerance and social harmony.
Cognitive advantages Research shows that learning and use of more than one language:

  • enhances problem solving and analytical skills,
  • allows better formation of concepts,
  • increases visual-social abilities,
  • furthers logical reasoning,
  • supports cognitive flexibility.
 Personal advantages Bilingualism also helps to:

  • stimulate creativity,
  • raise self-esteem,
  • increase flexibility and adaptability,
  • enhance interpersonal and social skills,
  • develop greater social sensitivity.
Curriculum advantages The understanding and development of concepts in more than one language allows the transfer of academic skills across the languages.

Bilingualism facilitates collaborative and cooperative learning within a language-diverse environment.
Languages can be chosen as subject at school or university.