Multilingualism is an essential skill. Here are some resources to support your student's language development.
Look to this page of the Language Resources guide for articles and websites related to the benefits of language learning:
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ACTFL is an individual membership organization based in the United States of more than 13,000 language educators and administrators at all levels. Their mission is to provide "vision, leadership and support for quality teaching and learning of languages." The ACTFL website has reviews of research related to the different benefits of language learning.
There's no single universal foolproof method to learn a language. Try different ones and use the one that works for you, or a combination.
Adapted from: BBC. "Learn a Language? Why? Which? How?" BBC, 2014, www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ learn/index.shtml.
"Bilingual education fosters sensitivity to other people’s needs along with language proficiency and cultural competency, and I believe it has a significant impact on creating a caring society."
Noriko Otsuka, Japanese immersion teacher at Fox Mill Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va.
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is committed to supporting multilingualism as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness, and is equally committed to extending access to an IB education for students from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) has defined three basic principles on language and education:
UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). "Language of Instruction." UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, UNESCO, 29 July 2022, policytoolbox.iiep.unesco.org/policy-option/ language-of-instruction/#_Glossary_1.
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington DC, has earned an international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual and dual language education, English as a second language, world languages education, and other related fields. CAL conducted a variety of activities for the Iowa State University National K–12 Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) from 2006-2010, all focused on the improvement of the nation’s capacity for teaching and learning languages by building a strong foundation in elementary and secondary schools.
One of these projects was Ñandutí, a leading national website on early foreign language learning. The website has been archived, but still offers a variety of resources for teachers and parents interested in language learning for children and teens.
Learning a second language at an early age
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). "Benefits of Being Bilingual." Ñandutí, Center for Applied Linguistics, 30 June 2009, www.cal.org/ earlylang/benefits/benefits_of_being_bilingual.html.