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What is the importance of being bilingual for children?

Qkids English Bilingual parents are enthusiastic and eager to raise talented, dynamic bilingual children. Of course, they have some questions and seek answers to them.


There is a complex and positive history of raising children in bilingual homes, to the point where, even today, some pediatricians recommend against exposing children to two languages.


Attitudes towards early bilingualism were often based on myths and misinterpretations rather than scientific findings. Here we aim to address the most frequently asked questions about bilingualism in childhood, using research findings from various scientific fields such as developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, education, linguistics, communication sciences and disorders.




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Expresses the ability to use two languages ​​in daily life. Bilingualism is widespread and increasing in many parts of the world, with perhaps one in three being bilingual or multilingual (Wei, 2000)


Communication between the two languages ​​is typical in parts of many continents, including Europe (Switzerland, Belgium), Asia (India, Philippines), Africa (Senegal, South Africa) and North America (Canada). In the United States, numerous (and growing) bilinguals live in California (Texas), Florida, New York, Arizona, and New Mexico. For example, in California, it is expected that by 2035, more than 50% of children enrolled in kindergarten will grow up speaking a language other than English (García, McLaughlin, Spodek, & Saracho, 1995). Similarly, in some urban areas of Canada, such as Toronto, 50% of students have a mother tongue other than English (Canada Education Council, 2008).


Despite the prevalence of bilingualism, surprisingly little research has been done on the fundamentals of bilingual language learning, especially in infants and young children. Bilingualism is a young field and definitive answers to many questions do not yet exist.