Welcome to the bilingual classroom
Bilingualism is a difficult area to research, a dense forest of confounding variables, of which sampling, education levels, tasks used, variations in the languages themselves and different outcomes from different language combinations, are but a few. There is evidence, however, that expertise in more than one language provides cognitive benefits on top of increased opportunities. Findings in neurology have related language acquisition with structural changes in the brain that assist with executive functions such as cognitive flexibility, creative thinking and attention management.
What is bilingual education?
Benefits of Bilingual Education
1. Global Citizens
2. Psychological benefits
3. Language proficiency
4. Understanding cultures
The result is a “space between”, like the habitat of Third Culture Kids. The idea of the Third Culture Kids was developed to refer to children growing up outside the native countries of their parents (who were often expatriates themselves). They become part of a third culture rather than one that derives from a simple mix of the home and host countries.