The Benefits of being Multilingual
Earlier researchers were of the opinion that children who were taught more than one language had an academic and intellectual deficit compared to children who were only taught one language. This had the result that bilingualism (being able to communicate in two languages) and multilingualism was not recommended. Newer research has found that this is incorrect and that bilingualism and multilingualism in actual fact holds many advantages for children and for adults.
Advantage 1 – Being bilingual/multilingual means your children will also be bilingual/multilingual
Being bilingual/multilingual ensures that all the children born into your immediate family will also be bilingual/multilingual. This will ensure that any new family members will be brought up in a bilingual/multilingual household, thereby ensuring that they too can enjoy the other benefits of being bilingual/multilingual.
Advantage 2 – Being bilingual/multilingual ensures that you can enjoy a variety of social opportunities
Being able to communicate with individuals from different language groups also means that you will have contact with individuals from different ethnic and cultural groups. This puts you in the unique position to broaden your cultural knowledge and will also ensure that you are able to enjoy a number of new hobbies and activities.
Advantage 3 – Being bilingual/multilingual helps you to be open minded
Being bilingual/multilingual causes you to see the world around you in a number of different ways. Your constant switching between language also makes you accustomed to change which in turn makes you less like to react negatively to change. Your ability to interact with your environment in different languages brings about the formation of more than one world view which helps you to be open minded on a number of topics.
Advantage 4 – Being bilingual/multilingual possess a number of cognitive benefits
Some of the recorded cognitive benefits include:
- Infants exposed to more than one language has been found to adapt better to changes in their environment opposed to infants who were not;
- Being bilingual/multilingual slows down the normal cognitive decline;
- A better attention span;
- Ability to effectively multitask.
Advantage 5 – Improved academic abilities
A number of research articles found that children who are bilingual/multilingual outperform their peers by the age of 7. The increased ability to concentrate and to focus which is brought on by being multilingual has been used as explanation for this finding.
Advantage 6 – Language proficiency is a sought after trait
Being able to communication in languages other than your native language opens up a number of unique employment possibilities. Bilingualism/Multilingualism is a skill which will ensure that your CV is closer to the top of the pile due to your ability to communicate in more than one language.
Advantage 7 – Makes travelling easier
Being able to communicate in other languages ensures that you can absorb all there is to absorb even if it is not in your mother tongue.
Advantage 8 – Bilingualism lays the foundation for multilingualism
Your language skills build on each other and therefore when you are bilingual you will easily become bilingual.
The benefits of being bilingual and multilingual far outweighs the potential repercussions should you not want your child to learn an additional language. Pre-school aged children are at stage in their development where they are more likely to learn an additional language on top of their home language. To enrol your child or your whole family into our life-changing programme please follow the link below.