Why Full Immersion?

Research over the last decade has proven that bilingualism has an abundance of benefits. These include enhancing a child’s cognitive and creative skills, better problem-solving skills, and even staving off dementia, just to name a few! Below is a great sampling of reading resources, research studies, and opinion pieces to help explain the many advantages of multilingualism and full immersion teachings.

With so many teaching options available, why choose a full immersion bilingual program? Research explains the many benefits of a full immersion program, as well as possible challenges students and teachers, may face.

Researchers from London delve into the benefits bilingualism has on the brain, including advanced gray matter. University Scientists explain reasons why learning a second language prior to the age of ten is more beneficial as opposed to learning a second language later in life.

Using current research literature on bilingual development, researchers help to alleviate possible parental concerns surrounding a bilingual child. Including key points such as language confusion and language delay, scientists highly suggest using both languages in the home.

Answering parents questions regarding children with language impairments learning two languages. Uses comparisons to determine if adding a second language is right for you and your child.

Explaining in detail what a foreign language immersion program is and how it works. Also, discusses and answers common parenting questions regarding registering for an immersion program.

Speaking more than one language has some advantages beyond ordering food in the local tongue — psychologists believe that bilingualism has many other positive side effects. Now, researchers have evidence connecting bilinguals’ talents to stronger so-called executive control in the brain.

Does being bilingual give young children a mental edge, or does it delay their learning? This article explores this question with research and data analysis.

Understanding the substantial long-lived cognitive, social, personal, academic, and professional benefits of enrichment bilingual contexts that have been well documented.

Bilingual education, commonplace in many countries, is a growing trend across the United States, with 440 elementary schools (up from virtually none in 1970) offering immersion study in Spanish, Mandarin, and French, in that order of popularity.

Research suggests that the growing numbers of bilingual speakers may have an advantage that goes beyond communication: It turns out that being bilingual is also good for your brain.

Raising a bilingual child takes time and dedication. This article contains common questions parents may have to determine if encouraging their children to be bilingual is the correct choice.

Foreign languages seem to be fading slowly from the forefront of education. This is very dismal news in a world that is constantly advancing culturally. Another trend has begun in light of this fact: schools in America offering instruction in Chinese.

A study showing that the learning of language and the effects on the brain of the language we hear- may begin even earlier than 6 months of age. The research suggests that this represents a process of “neural commitment,” in which the infant’s brain wires itself to understand one language and its sounds.

A question and answer session revolving around bilingualism and how the brain learns to distinguish between the two languages.

Research showing being bilingual can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

An opinion article which discusses the rush to involve children in Mandarin and Spanish classes and why Spanish classes would be more pragmatic.

Research shows that by 24 months, toddlers who have been exposed to a second language since infancy have developed a higher vocabulary in both languages as opposed to their monolingual counterparts.

Research on bilingualism shows that knowing two languages can change brain function, even affecting brain areas not directly involved in communication.

Research shows that bilinguals acquire specific types of expertise that help them attend to critical tasks and ignore irrelevant information. These skills make bilinguals better at prioritizing and multi-tasking.

While multilingualism doesn’t delay the onset of dementia-the brains of people who speak multiple languages will still show physical signs of deterioration- the process of speaking two or more languages appears to enable people to develop skills to better cope with the early symptoms of memory-robby diseases, including Alzheimer’s.

Some enhanced mental abilities may be tied to structural differences in brain networks that are shaped by learning more than one language, just as a musician’s brain can be altered by the long hours of practice needed to master an instrument.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages FAQ page. In this age of accountability in education, policymakers, and administrators, as well as parents, are increasingly demanding to know what research studies show regarding the benefits of language learning. This document will identify some of the major correlation studies that highlight how language learners benefit from their experiences.

Foreign language programs are often one of the first items to be scrutinized and cut when elementary, middle, and high schools in the U.S. face poor performance evaluations or budget crunches. However, many studies have demonstrated the benefits of second language learning not only on students’ linguistic abilities but on their cognitive and creative abilities as well.

An in depth research paper which details the benefits of learning a second language.

A video where Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another-by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6 month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

An article explaining how knowing 2 or more languages puts children at an advantage. Understanding that we should embrace bilingualism will not only help children in their futures, but will allow them to value their heritage and customs.

This article explains several of the benefits of being bilingual in the work force, including having an advantage when it comes to obtaining certain positions as well as being able to better train existing employees.

An article that explains a study done that refutes the notion teaching a child a second language is confusing or bad for brain development. In fact, the study concludes that a bilingual education can result in higher attention spans, levels of self-control and ability to handle conflicting information among children.
An in-depth definition and defense of a  bilingual education, what its many benefits are, what the public opinions are on the subject, and how it can be improved.
Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills.
This report discusses the following misconception regarding Autistic children and bilingualism: that raising autistic children bilingually would only confuse them and further delay language development, which has resulted in families, teachers, and clinicians using only one language (typically, English and not the primary language) with these children. Such language practices can have serious consequences in identity formation, access to cultural heritage, and social growth for bilingual youth with ASD.
Describes a study that shows that children fluent in two languages learn better in noisy classrooms than pupils who speak just one.
A video demonstrating the benefits of being bilingual in today’s society.

Disclaimer: While Su Escuela Language Academy provides these articles for suggested reading, we do not support all views, articles or teaching of the above referenced documents.  



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