• Benefits of Being Bilingual
    (reprinted with permission from the  Center for Applied Linguistics.)

    Learning a second language at an early age...

    • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
    • Enriches and enhances a child's mental development.
    • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
    • Improves a child's understanding of his/her native language.
    • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people s/he would otherwise not have the chance to know.
    • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
    • Gives a student a head start in language requirements for college.
    • Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.