The Effects Of Bilingualism On Multiple Difference Areas

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Numerous studies have been conducted on various benefits of bilingualism in multiple difference areas like cognitive, social- emotional, learning or global advantages. Regardless, there are multiple different reasons for an adolescent to learn a second language. Whether obligated when moving to a new county attending a school where it is a requirement, being enrolled in a class to satisfy a language credit, or simply for their own personal desire, when children are exposed to a second language in early formal education there are proven benefits; such as understanding other cultures in the classroom and the workplace, enhanced cognitive and learning development, and emotional bonds. In the 21st century where information can be shared with…show more content…
It seems as though people, including employers, are starting to realize that bilingualism is a necessity. “Research from Rosetta Stone found that people who speak at least one foreign language have an average annual household income that’s $10,000 higher than the household income of those who only speak English. And bout 17 percent of those who speak at least one foreign language earn more than $100,000 a year… A recent survey from Los Angeles-based recruiter Korn/Ferry International found that nearly 9 out of 10 headhunters in Europe, Latin, America, and Asia say that being at least bilingual is critical for success in today’s business environment. And 66 percent of North American recruiters agreed that being bilingual will be increasingly important in the next 10 years.” (Andruss, 2008). If exposed to different cultures and languages at an early age, children can gain an understanding of their peers. When working in any group setting, the biggest challenge can sometimes be a lack of understanding and acceptance among group members. Martha G. Abbott, the Director of Education of the American Council on the Teach of Foreign Language (ACTFL), claims, “Knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare
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