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Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Bilingualism is defined as the ability to communicate naturally, confidently and effortlessly in more than one language in all areas of life. As a result, individuals that are fluent in more than one language are called bilingual and they have numerous advantages in, personal and cognitive areas, as well as communication and cultural benefits.
Among other benefits, bilingual people are also better able to deal with distractions, and the learning of other language improve listening skills and memory (Bilingual Families Perth, 2003; Kern, 2006; Benefits, online website)
If thinking of communication and cultural benefits the list of advantages is abundant, especially today when the world is so well communicated through the technology and the media transportation. The study of other language gives the perspective and understanding of other cultures and traditions around the world. Furthermore, worldwide business requires more and more professionals that are proficient in more than one language.
There is a big debate among educators and politicians on the best way to introduce the second language to the children. This has been especially important in some USA regions where the Spanish Latin American children are migrants with no previous knowledge of English and attending school with no understanding of the language. The main debate in this aspect goes to which is the fastest and better way to teach the English language to the non-speaking migrant children.
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