Elementary School

Raising a Multilingual Child in a Globalized World - Key Points

world drawing with heart and childrenOn February 14, the EC/ES English Language Learning team presented a parent coffee on the topic of “Raising a Multilingual Child in a Globalized World”.

In the parent coffee, they addressed the cognitive, academic, and social/emotional benefits of multilingualism as well as how to overcome some of the inherent challenges.

The ELL team believe that there are amazing benefits to being multilingual. They wanted to share the information and research that explains why they support the strengthening and development of ALL the languages students speak.

 Cognitive Benefits of Multilingualism

  • Being multilingual prevents cognitive decline in adults.

  • Multilingual people display increased concentration and focus on their assignments.

  • Multilingual people are skilled at switching between two systems in writing and structure which makes them good multitaskers and are better at resolving conflicts.

Academic Benefits of Multilingualism

  • Multilingual children achieve better school performance, develop stronger logic and problem-solving skills, and have high self-esteem.

  • College admissions often look for people who are diverse and unique, including being multilingual.

  • The international business community considers the ability to communicate in more than one language an “indispensable tool for relationship building and financial success”.

 Social/Emotional Benefits of Multilingualism

Language is the key to fully understanding a culture, thus a multilingual person tends to have increased:

  • Connection: With cultural heritage and values

  • Empathy: The ability to deeply understand others from various backgrounds

  • Relationships: With family members, friends, and community members

We look forward to gathering with you again at the next ELL Parent Coffee.