Did you know that :
¬ In Canada, employment rates are higher for French/English bilinguals than monolinguals.
¬ Canadians who speak both official languages have a median income nearly 10% higher than that of those who speak English only, and 40% higher than that of those who speak French only.
¬ Learning a second language does not impede normal language or speech development, and may even help facilitate better pronunciation and comprehension, especially when commenced during the critical period between 9 months and 4 years of age.
¬ Bilingual individuals have been shown to be more creative and better at planning and solving complex problems than monolinguals.
¬ Children who speak more than one language demonstrate superior control, attention, focus and strategizing skills, which positively impacts both their academic and their social future.
¬ The earlier the acquisition of two languages begins, the more likely learners will acquire native-like phonological skills. A bilingual advantage is unlikely to occur in individuals who have only taken a foreign language course and use it infrequently.
The Best of Both Worlds
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