Bilingual Vs. Bilingual Education

1503 Words Apr 27th, 2015 7 Pages
While some people may believe that learning a second language may only create controversy in our society, many strongly believe that one has the freedom to speak any language they choose to. Since there are a variety of different nationalities in the Unites States, bilingual education can promote learning for people who share distinctive ethnic backgrounds. Bilingual education gives students a sense of cultural pluralism, not only that, but it has been proven that learning a second language starting from a young age hold cognitive and academic benefits. Children who are bilingual, establish more adequate skills in their first language causing them to learn other languages at a faster rate, raise a sense of confidence and self-esteem, and have an easier time transitioning into a new environment making it less intimidating; therefore, the advantages of bilingual education most certainly outweigh its disadvantages. Students who learn a foreign language at a young age obtain higher levels of cognitive development at an earlier age. Those who learn different languages show better cognitive flexibility, problem solving and higher order thinking skills. Also, students who are fluent in more than one language usually score better than monolinguals on tests of verbal and nonverbal communications. Two researchers, Judith G. Foy and Virginia A. Mann, conducted a study examining components of EF in two auditory tasks with nonverbal auditory stimuli and verbal auditory stimuli in…
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