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Parlez-Vous Français? The Case for the Bilingual Child (page 2)

Parlez-Vous Français? The Case for the Bilingual Child

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Updated on Nov 2, 2011

 

Immersion schools are popping up all over the country.  In these schools, students study the same subjects as their peers: math, science, art, etc., but they learn it in another language.  Immersion schools can be public, magnet, or private.  They can offer anywhere from 25% language immersion to a complete 100% language immersion.  Spanish, French, and Mandarin seem to be the most common choices, although schools exist in the United States covering more languages than those.  (For more information about immersion schools or to search for one in your area visit: www.cal.org/resources/immersion/.)

Families can also participate together in a language immersion camp for a week or a long weekend.  Concordia Language Villages, for example, offers programs for families all over the country in over 12 different languages. (Check them out at: clvweb.cord.edu/prweb/)

“A bilingual education has many cognitive benefits,” notes Dietz. “It develops the brain differently, stimulating more mental flexibility, creativity and originality of thought. When children are bilingual, they can easily find more than one way to approach a complex dilemma and think ‘outside of the box.’”

It was once assumed that only bilingual parents could have hope that their child would speak two languages.  Today, however, abundant resources surround most families.  With a little help and an adventurous spirit, all our children can have the benefit of speaking a second language.

Buena Suerte!

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