Benefits of Bilingual Instruction

When children participate in language instruction, they learn transferable skills that help them in school and in life. Learning another language helps students develop important cognitive abilities such as problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students learn how to be good listeners, regulate their behavior, and empathize with others. And a bilingual education also provides valuable language skills that students can rely upon in the job market. 

Experts say that students in schools that offer language instruction develop strong executive function skills. These skills help students learn self-control, focus, and how to follow instructions. Students learn to be creative and “think on their feet” because communicating in another language exercises the brain and requires children to think about to how to effectively convey thoughts. Students who display creativity and strong executive function perform better in school and are more prepared for success in college and careers. 

When students study another language, it broadens their world view and fosters understanding. Classes participate in activities that celebrate cultural heritage and traditions. Bilingual education is a powerful way to encourage cultural exchange, strengthen school culture, and prepare students to thrive in our global society.