Quick Reference on the Bilingual Advantages

Why a Bilingual Preschool?

Here are a few research-based reasons why we have chosen two-way immersion school for our children:

  • The language center of the brain has a window until 7 years of age to learn languages at the native level, and the younger the better… (Strozer, 1994)
  • Bilingual students demonstrate more engagement and concentration. Bilingualism improves the executive center of the brain, which impacts critical thinking, metacognitive, and metalinguistic skills (Thomas & Collier, 2005)
  • Bilingual speakers are more likely to learn additional languages (Cenoz & Valencia, 2004)
  • Bilingual students score higher on the SAT in Math and English (The College Board SAT, 2003)
  • Learning another language improves English structure and vocabulary (Curtain & Dalhberg, 2004)
  • Beyond bilingualism, students  appreciate and interact with other cultures (Bamford & Mizokawa, 1991)
  • Infants who are exposed to two languages demonstrate cognitive advantages such as being more able to unlearn a task, resolve conflict cues, and have better theory of mind which leads to benefits such as more empathy and a later delay in dementia among the elderly (Wang, 2011)
  • Oh, and 75% of the people in this world do not speak English!

Further Reading What the Research says about Immersion– Fortune, T. W. (2013). What the research says about immersion. Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. Web, 25. Excerpt:

“Bilingual children develop the ability to solve problems that contain conflicting or misleading cues at an earlier age, and they can decipher them more quickly than mono¬linguals. When doing so, they demonstrate an advantage with selective attention and greater executive or inhibitory control. Fully proficient bilingual children have also been found to exhibit enhanced sensitivity to verbal and non-verbal cues and to show greater attention to their listeners’ needs relative to monolingual children. Further, bilingual students display greater facility in learning additional languages when compared with monolinguals”

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