The Benefits of Raising Your Child Bilingual by Inglés con Julie - Profesora de inglés en Majadahonda

The Benefits of Raising Your Child Bilingual

The Benefits of Raising Your Child Bilingual

 

This March, my partner and I had a baby. There are so many things to consider when having a child, one of which is what language or languages should the child learn. As I am a native English speaker and he is a native Spanish speaker, we thought it would be best to teach our daughter languages using the One Person One Language (OPOL) technique.  Studies by Annick De Houwer  who investigated more than 2000 families, concluded that 75%  of the children brought up with the OPOL approach became bilingual depending on how strictly it was followed. There are so many ways to teach your child language but what are the benefits?

The benefits of being a bilingual child include:

  • The ability to communicate with extended family
  • Open-mindedness and acceptance
  • Future job opportunities
  • Being a “language friendly learner”. They’ll find it easier to acquire more languages later on in life.
  • A more diverse cultural upbringing (with literature, films, perspectives, music, games, culture, and so on.)
  • An increased ability to focus
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Delayed onset of Alzheimer’s disease in comparison to monolinguals

 

So what are some reasons for not teaching your child multiple languages? There are many myths associated with bilingual children. Some people think using more than one language to communicate will confuse the child, delay their speech development, or they will mix the two languages. All of this are simply not true. Others think it is too late to teach your child more than one language. Again, this is a myth.

So if you are going to teach your child more than one language, here are a few pointers:

 

Set realistic goals

Be consistent

Correct them

Read to then every day

Travel

 

Remember, language learning opens up so many opportunities for your child. It’s worth the investment!

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