Benefits of Bilingualism
Research has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. But they also tend to be better than monolinguals at ‘multitasking’ and focusing attention. They often are more precocious readers, and generally find it easier to learn other languages. Bilingualism gives children much more than two languages!
More recent research also suggests that learning another language can have benefits in later life, delaying the onset of dementia symptoms, and slowing cognitive aging.