As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, bilingualism has become the norm.
According to recent United Nations figures, up to 80% of the world's population speak at least two languages, and three languages is not uncommon. Research confirms that bilingualism begun during the pre-kindergarten years enhances a child's overall cognitive development, and mastery of their native language often exceeds their monolingual counterparts. Moreover, these students demonstrate greater aptitude in later years for learning a third and even fourth language.
The benefits of bilingual education are particularly evident in mathematics. Bilingual students demonstrate enhanced potential for abstraction, symbolism, conceptualization and problem solving, leading to increased proficiency in math.
The advantages of a bilingual learning experience go well beyond the practical outcome of speaking two languages. Bilingualism encourages moral and ethical development by promoting the open consideration of different viewpoints and cultures. Students understand and respect the common humanity of our global community.