5 cognitive benefits of a bilingual curriculum

(Source: Hispanicallyspeakingnews.com)
(Source: Hispanicallyspeakingnews.com)

According to research, learning to speak English as a second language—or another foreign language—impacts the cognitive development in children. Of course, experiencing a bilingual curriculum can help prepare a child for a global workforce as adults. Plus, the younger a child learns a second language the more likely they are to speak like a native speaker.
In our ESL curriculum development for ABC English & Me, we combined our more than 35 years of experience with music and learning with the latest research on English Language Learning. Here are just a few of the benefits revealed in the research.

5 effects of a bilingual curriculum on child brain development

  1. Children who learn another language, including ELL students, score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary.
  2. Children who speak more than one language can easily switch between two or more systems of speech, writing, and structure.
  3. Bilingual and multilingual children exhibit stronger memories than monolinguals.
  4. Learning another language boosts the language capabilities of the first language.
  5. Bilingual children score higher on nonverbal problem-solving tests when compared to children who only speak one language.

ABC English & Me - Teaching English to Children through MusicRead more about the positive impact of music and movement on young ELL students, the research behind it, and how our ESL curriculum, which uses English songs for kids, puts it into practice.


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