Benefits of Language Immersion Education
Studies show that language immersion and bilingual education may have several advantages. How those superlatives materialize may differ from student and program, but the gain could open new worlds of opportunities.
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”
1. Academic Achievement
Studies show a positive correlation between foreign language study and measurably higher academic performance, independent of socioeconomic background. Fluency doesn’t need affluence!
People who are bilingual experience the world around them differently. Different languages address certain concepts differently, like time and distance. For example, in English, time is referred to as a linear distance—you say “It’s been a long week.” In Spanish, time is referred to as a quantity: “What a small vacation!” What does this mean? One linguistics professor suggests that people who are bilingual may be more “flexible thinkers,” giving them a greater ability to learn, multi-task, and generally support mental well-being.