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Benefits of bilingualism

Research shows children at the early stages of their language development are more receptive to learning an additional language.

The level of motivation and enthusiasm of early learners is high while inhibitions tend to be lower than at any other stage of development. This often results in younger children becoming more adept at mimicking correct pronunciation and experimenting with unfamiliar sounds and phrases

Language learning is an entitlement for all from P1 to S3. Children are living and learning in a multilingual, multicultural world. It is therefore crucial that they gain the skills and abilities necessary to communicate effectively in social, academic and commercial settings.

Research conducted by Professor Antonella Sorace of the University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences supports the belief that bilingualism promotes mental health.

‘Research has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. They also tend to be better than monolinguals at multitasking and focusing attention. They are often precocious readers and generally find it easier to learn other languages.’

Professor Antonella Sorace Professor of Developmental Linguistics

The University of Edinburgh's School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences hosts the Bilingualism Matters research and information center. The Centre was established in 2008 with its primary purpose to raise awareness of bilingualism in families, schools and the public sector.

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Page last updated:
22 Mar 2023

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