Research shows that children who study a second language have greater cognitive development and can achieve higher levels of proficiency in other subjects. In addition, learning in a second language encourages cross-cultural friendships, which open the door to appreciating other cultures and people.
Research on Bilingual Education:
Industry and Market Analysis There is a high demand for private bilingual school services in the San Francisco Bay Area. This metropolitan area shows the fastest growing population in California and so the increasing need for school services. Additionally, the San Francisco Bay Area holds a highly diverse and educated population, which is also competitive in preparing their children for later academic success. The benefits of multiple languages in the early years are well researched and documented. An increasing number of parents have the desire to provide these educational advantages to their children.
Contra Costa Times. Bay Area growth pushes California population near 38 million. May 2013 ;
According to the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) learning in a bilingual environment at an early age have the following benefits:
Children who study in two languages have greater cognitive development in areas such as mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking, and high-order thinking skills.
Has a positive effect on intellectual growth and enhances mental development.
Bilingual children can achieve higher levels of proficiency in math, music, and science.
Leaves students with more flexibility a greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language.
Gives a child the ability to communicate with people she or he would otherwise not have the chance to know and encourages cross-cultural friendships. It opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
Gives a student a head start in fulfilling foreign language requirements for college.
Increases job opportunities in many careers where knowing another language is a real asset.