Does multilingualism and bilingualism impact a Child's development 21 Mar 2022 Jayshree Guha Thakurta, Vice-Principal, Vega Schools

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Various Studies around the world have proven that multilingualism and bilingualism benefits learners in developing cognitive skills. We at Vega Schools

understand the developmental needs of our learners who you will find happily conversing in more than one language.   

Most of the learners at Vega School are bilingual. In addition to English, our learners naturally speak one of the many Indian regional languages. We at Vega Schools introduce the third language from kindergarten.

 Raising multilingual or bilingual children is good not only for children, but also for their family and your community.

Benefits

 Children:

  •         It leads to interesting and diverse career opportunities later in life.
  •         Speaking more than one language, leads to having a far better sense of self-worth, identity and belonging.
  •         They feel confident about communicating and connecting with relatives and other people who speak their heritage language.
  •         Learning and hearing stories directly from relatives.
  •         Having the ability to enjoy music, movies, literature then on in different languages.

 Family:

  •         Makes it easier for them to connect with theirs and others cultures.
  •         Added language skills boosts family’s sense of cultural identity and belonging.

Community:

  •         Everyone within the community gets a far better appreciation of various languages and cultures.
  •         Children can more easily travel and explore different countries and cultures.
  •         Children have increased empathy for other ways of understanding the planet .

Some Frequently asked Questions

Can children understand the difference between languages ?

They can learn 2 or more languages at the same time without getting confused and understand the difference between languages early in their language milestones.

How does multilingualism and bilingualism affect literacy skills?

Multilingual and bilingual children exposed to more than one written communication – for instance, Spanish and English – or maybe different writing systems – for instance, Hindi and English – can read and write at higher levels.

Learning more than one language helps children understand language structures.

How does multilingualism and bilingualism affect academic skills?

Being multilingual or bilingual often helps children do better in academics because it helps them with problem-solving, multitasking, creativity and versatile thinking. Such children also can have good focus.

How does multilingualism and bilingualism affect speech development?

Learning more than one language at the same time won’t affect how early or quickly children learn to talk. Children exposed to multilingualism from birth become native speakers of all their languages.

Do multilingual or bilingual children mix their languages?

Learners may sometimes start a sentence with one language and finish with another language, it is a natural process. Children stop doing this with age and knowledge .

Choice of languages

Besides English and Hindi, Spanish is an important language to consider. With over 200 million young Chinese people studying English, Mandarin is unlikely to be an important language for the future. This leaves Spanish, which shall be the world’s second most spoken language. 

As you search for a nursery school, primary school or secondary school, whether it is CBSE affiliated or under another affiliation, a multilingual environment is very important.

Multilingualism is given a lot of importance in the Top Schools in Gurugram, be it a nursery school, a kindergarten or a primary school.

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