Benefits of a Second Language

ACCORDING TO THE CALGARY BOARD OF EDUCATION, the following are some of the benefits or learning a second language.

– Expands the intellect

– Teaches responsible citizenship

– Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem and pride in having acquired an additional language

– Strengthens English literacy skills

– Encourages the joy of lifelong learning

– Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism

– Allows students to compete internationally

– Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options

– Broadens students’ cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language

 

ACCORDING TO ALBERTA EDUCATION, the following are some of the benefits or learning a second language.

 

Intellectual Potential

  • Students fluent in two language score higher in both verbal and non-verbal intelligence.
  • Students studying a second language are superior in divergent thinking tasks and in memory ability and attention span.

 

Scholastic Achievement

  • Second language students have higher test scores in reading, language and mathematics.
  • Each additional year of second language training created a greater positive differential compared to students not receiving a second language.

Effect on First Language

  • Second language education significantly strengthens first language skills in areas of reading, English vocabulary, grammar and communication skills.
  • The earlier the start, the greater the positive effect on the first language.

Citizenship

  • Students studying a second language have superior cross-cultural skills and adapt better to varying cultural contexts.
  • Students studying a second language display greater cultural sensitivity.

Economic Potential

  • There is an urgent requirement for qualified speakers of languages other than English in areas of science, technology, medicine and global commerce.

 

Benefits of Spanish Bilingual Program:

  • Dedicated parents result in a high retention rate of students.
  • In elementary, a 50/50 split in instructional time between English and Spanish allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in Spanish in a range of everyday situations.
  • Students may take the DELE, which is the Spanish language-credentialing exam.