Our dual language immersion program enables students to become literate and fluent in two languages.
Our children learn basic concepts such as spelling, grammar and sentence structure in both languages. As such, immersion language learning enables them to understand and work within each language, rather than striving to impose the linguistic parameters of one language onto another.
Not only do the children learn two languages, but their bilingualism will assist them in learning other languages. Indeed, studies indicate that fluency and skills in one language assist in the language acquisition of a second language, and possessing skills in two languages can boost the learning process of a third language.
In addition to helping children learn further languages, studies also show that dual language immersion programs allow children to achieve better mastery of their native language than programs where monolingual children are schooled solely in their mother tongue!
Language immersion programs help children to develop more flexible mental skills than monolingual studies. Children in this type of program have increased visual problem-solving skills and are better adept at pattern recognition, abstract thinking, and using logic. Why? This is because bilingualism has been shown to make the brain more flexible, and during childhood, our brains are more “plastic-like”, facilitating simultaneous connections among many different symbols, words and concepts. Children who benefit from a dual language education develop measurably superior cognitive skills.
The social advantages true bilinguals enjoy are easy to understand. Thanks to immersion language programs, they have access to and intimacy with two cultures, which helps strengthen their identity and sense of belonging.
Interacting with children with other native languages and cultures, youngsters learn to adapt to different cultural settings and in the process, become open-minded, adaptable, and respectful adults, able to contribute to a multicultural and interdependent world.