Cognitive and Social Emotional Benefits of Being Bilingual

Being bilingual has a positive effect on intellectual growth, and enriches and enhances a child's mental development. Students have more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.  They are better able to understand math concepts and solve word problems; they develop strong thinking skills and use logic. Focus, memory, and decision-making skills are further benefits. Becoming bilingual  helps children to maintain strong ties with their entire family, culture, and community. All of these are key parts of children’s success and develops their high self- esteem and confidence, making them successful on their own and for society.