I often find myself reading articles and research addressing the benefits of being bilingual. Today one of the weekly newsletters I read included the article titled Bilinguals Single Out Second Language While Reading. Let’s discuss one more benefit of Being Bilingual.
The article focuses on the results of a cognition study which shows that bilinguals who are highly proficient in their second language can overcome reading difficulties. The study also showed that Bilinguals can thrive in their second language and engage in reading strategies just like their monolingual peers.
This is a great example of why learning a second language is so important for children at an early age. The ability to activate and in-activate strategies while reading or problem-solving gives bilinguals an advantage when problem-solving. Furthermore being exposed to other languages gives bilinguals the advantage of learning new cultures that expand knowledge and language resources.
I know I experience this when I solve situations as an educational leader. I tend to think and find solutions that are different from what others may present. In my experience, exposing kids to other cultures gives an advantage.
Bilinguals Make Predictions
The study found that non-bilingual children found it difficult to make predictions. In contrast, bilingual children were able to make predictions. According to the study, bilinguals apply strategies and knowledge that are only learned when someone acquires two languages.
The study also suggests that bilinguals solve basic language problems. Therefore, they can easily determine the meaning of new words and apply their two languages when reading. What differs in bilinguals is the advantage of being able to apply strategies that they acquire by learning two languages. This happens because of the additional demands one experiences when learning and using two languages.
Why not give your child this exposure knowing it would only benefit them in the long run? Many other perks come with the benefit of being bilingual. As the article Bilinguals Single Out Second Language While Reading mentions, being able to engage in reading strategies in multiple languages is just one more quality to add.