The Best Articles on Bilingualism of 2016
In 2016, several articles exploring the benefits of bilingualism––from its power to boost empathy and attention to protecting against cognitive decline––were published. Read on below for a round up of some of the most informative ones .
“In studies covering six states and 37 districts, they have found that, compared with students in English-only classrooms or in one-way immersion, dual-language students have somewhat higher test scores and also seem to be happier in school. Attendance is better, behavioral problems fewer, parent involvement higher.”
The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals | The New York Times
“Multilingual exposure, it seems, facilitates the basic skills of interpersonal understanding. […] But the social advantage we have identified appears to emerge from merely being raised in an environment in which multiple languages are experienced, not from being bilingual per se. This is potentially good news for parents who are not bilingual themselves, yet who want their children to enjoy some of the benefits of multilingualism.”
"As long as children hear two distinct languages being spoken at different times, they would not get the languages confused, […] They may occasionally substitute a word from one language into a sentence in the other language simply because they haven't acquired the full vocabulary in both languages yet, but this doesn't imply that they don't understand which words belong in which languages."
Multilingualism Is a National Asset, Not a Personal Shame | Huffington Post
“The ability to speak other languages is sorely needed for our national security and economic success. Yet, speaking another language is viewed unfavorably by many Americans who fear a weakening of our national character. Consequently, this unique strength is daily losing its vitality.”
In this Euronews piece, learn about how bilingualism “can boost your chances of a new job or help you communicate in a more and more connected world.”