The Bilingual Advantage

While we consider learning a second language to be important, most people don’t know the full extent of the opportunities it provides. In fact, many people often think of the benefits that emerge to be along the lines of being smoother in social situations or being able to travel in a different country. However, there are many other aspects of a foreign language that can bring great fortune to a user. This can range from offering new business opportunities to building stronger diplomatic and economic relationships. It can also help illuminate the artisanal styles and perspectives of the cultures that speak that language.

 

Of course, the benefits do not stop here. Speculation and debate around the subject have built mass controversy about what bilingual behavior actually does for your brain. While it was difficult to discern the true value for a long time, there has been immense research and analysis over the last few years. With luck, there have actually been breakthroughs.

A Neuroscientist by the name of Ellen Bialystok spent almost 40 years confirming a theory which is now known to be true. Her work culminated in the discovery of strong correlations with bilingual speakers and an increase in mental sharpness and quality of brain activity. More importantly, however, her work demonstrates that frequently speaking more than one language can help prolong the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. If you are looking to get more information on Ellen’s work or learn about our curriculum, feel free to explore our website!

Lycée International de Houston ensures a prestigious and authentic language education. One that is beautiful and informative. Whether you are finding out the true meaning behind the red flag used in Spanish bullfights or exploring the value of Joan of Arc from the eyes of a French citizen. There are always new opportunities for language to evoke beauty from the culture that uses it. As a bilingual speaker, your child will be able to interact with these elements and build connections that are truly global and deeply profound.

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