The Cognitive, Social & Cultural Benefits of Bilingualism
Bilingualism opens many cognitive and cultural pathways for young students. These benefits rest at the heart of what we accomplish at FASPS.

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, bilingualism has become the norm. According to United Nations figures, up to 80% of the world’s population speaks at least two languages, and three languages is not uncommon. One-fifth of the population in the United States describe themselves as “bilingual.” Bilingualism is a hallmark of the 21st century.
In the past 50 years, neuroscientists and psychologists have uncovered a wealth of scientific evidence to support the hypothesis that learning another language at a young age strengthens cognitive and linguistic development in children.
As a result of these cognitive "boosts" received early in life, students who are bilingual perform highly in academic settings. The list below highlights some of the many benefits of being a bilingual student:
  • They acquire strong analytical and critical-thinking skills at an earlier age.
  • They are able to focus more intently and for longer periods of time, and can switch between tasks more efficiently.
  • Becoming bilingual at an early age increases vocabulary, knowledge of grammar and recognition of sounds and visual signs. This leads to better writing and speaking skills.
  • Bilinguals develop flexible problem-solving abilities which strengthen their math and science skills.
  • Bilingualism also fosters cross-cultural interaction; in the classroom, it is the most effective tool for promoting an open-minded and global worldview for students and creating a multicultural context for learning.
  • Learning another language is fundamental to becoming fully immersed in another culture.
  • Bilingualism has been linked to a lower risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia in adults.
FASPS parent Aurelie McKinstry wrote a fabulous article about her experience with bilingual education as a parent at FASPS (click here).
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