of choosing a bilingual programme for your children
Linguistic and cognitive development
Research has shown that the brain of bilingual children has many cognitive enhancements. This translates to enhanced spelling and grammar skills, a faster understanding of the concept of numbers, more creative thinking, and reading at a higher level.
Unlike teenagers and adults, young children are often very willing and eager to try out new words and phrases as they don’t have any concerns about getting things wrong and making embarrassing mistakes, which boosts their confidence and nips fear of public speaking in the bud.
An enhanced social life
Being able to express themselves in more than one language allows children to better socialise and meet new friends. Further to that, they learn about a new culture, traditions, and arts, expanding and opening their minds.
Mastering two languages from the start
Introducing a second language as soon as kindergarten allows children to start learning and practising at the same time as their mother tongue. At CIS, for example, all subjects in their Chinese-English bilingual programme, are taught in each language by native speaking teachers.
As they start the programme in Kindergarten, what matters to young learners is to have fun. Hence, they experience playful, frustration-free learning, through engaging activities like singing songs and playing games.
Starting their career off on the right foot
Bilingualism is a highly sought-after quality. Applicants who master more than one language have an upper hand on their competitors, especially in the trending sectors of tourism, communications and marketing, banking, and law.