7 Key Benefits of Being Bilingual 1. Greater Cognitive Skills Bilingualism has been seen to enhance essential brain functions for focusing on demanding mental tasks. Then when it comes to creativity and problem-solving, studies have shown a distinct advantage for children who speak two languages. It 's believed that their brains can process and sort through information more efficiently than monolingual individuals. Since they must subconsciously choose words from a certain language, they gain more practice at selecting vital information over trivial details.
This report discussed this question “Do Bilinguals Achieve Better Than Monolinguals” in terms of the academic intelligence, enhanced cognitive control and improvement of learning. What has been found is that bilinguals are excellent at paying attention, taking off irrelevant information and selecting between several solutions to a problem. Moreover, they have higher consciousness of the language they speak, greater ability to focus on the form of language itself, abstracting away from meaning. They also have the ability to focus on information related to the new language they learn which would help them in accessing more new words and leading to larger gains in vocabulary than those experienced by
There are also practical benefits. The more language knowledge significantly helps towards your career as you know. Bilinguals have the privilege of get their information from a wider variety of resources. Also, it has great educational benefit to kids. Many studies suggest that bilingual children tend to have a higher concentration and are better at working through distraction while doing their school work.
According to the article "Bilingualism in the early years: What the Science Says " by Krista Byers Heimlein and Casey Lew Williams talks about a book called the Bilingual Edge (King & Mackey, 2009), and articles such as The Power of the Bilingual Brain (TIME Magazine; Kluger, 2013) in which they discuss the benefit of being bilingual.One of the most beneficial benefit of children knowing more than one language is that they will be able to travel to many different places, find jobs, communicate with others.Bilngial people also show greater advantages when it comes to social understanding. If you are a teacher and you know more than one language it will be better for you to understand others, their thoughts, intentions and perspectives.Whne it comes to switching between different activities bilingual individual perform better than monolingual due to their previously learned responses. Also this article shows that toddlers and infants as well show better cognitive benefits of being bilingual.Some evidence shows that bilingual infant has a higher advantage in some part of their memory by making generalization from one event to a later event ( Brito and Barr 2012). Early development of more than one language has other benefits that are outside of the linguistic spectrum, but an early development of the theory of mind (Kovacs
Although the preservation of culture is important, English proficiency is beneficial to an immigrant; it allows for more opportunities to integrate socially and gives the immigrant a stronger sense of belonging and loyalty. Higher language proficiency levels improve an immigrant’s employability and earning capacity. One source
Introduction: Speech is traditionally thought of an exclusively auditory percept. However, when the face of the speaker is visible, information contained primarily in the movement of the lips contributes powerfully to our perception of speech. This combined interaction between auditory and visual modalities improves our ability to interpret speech accurately; particularly in low signal to noise ratio (Bertelson, 2003).This multisensory integration provides a natural and important means for communication. The benefit of integrating audio visual cues has been well documented in normally hearing individuals especially in difficult listening conditions and for listeners with hearing impairment (Sumby& Pollack, 1954). The benefit derived from speech reading can be substantial allowing unintelligible speech to become comprehensive, or even exceeding the benefit derived from the use of assistive listening devices, counseling or training especially those with hearing impairment (Walden et al, 1981).
Next, there are aspects of paralanguage that can influence one’s credibility. These include articulation, speed at which a person is speaking, the volume and their voice and pitch. (Fatt, 1999) Having a strong voice tone, speaking at a moderate pace that can be interpreted with ease and having accurate pronunciation are assets in credibility in communication. In addition, having confident and accurate body language along with gestures is beneficial to one’s credibility and having unnatural
The conclusion of this study was that media-multitasking can have a positive effect on “cognitive skills and multisensory integration”, this meaning that people who frequently multitasked were more efficient at comprehending different sources of information and using two or more senses at one time (Nauert). Multitasking is frowned upon by many, but there are some good things that can come out of
Moreover bilingual people have a capacity much better than the monolingual to make decisions and to succeed. They can be also some better leaders:”Bilinguals do not differ from monolingual in term of active inhibition but have acquired a better ability to mantain action goals to use them to bias goal-related information. Under some circumstances,this ability may indirectly lead more pronounced reactive inhibition of irrelevant information.” This mean that bilinguals have much more executive control than monolingual” Bilingual people are also better than monolingual people at switching between two tasks; for example, when bilinguals have to switch from categorizing objects by color (red or green) to categorizing them by shape (circle or triangle), they do so more rapidly than monolingual people reflecting better cognitive control when changing strategies on the
Bilingualism is slowly becoming a popular “trend”. Those who are able to speak a second language at an advanced level and not only, are clearly considered by the society intellectually capable of great things. As a bilingual, the individual must not only know the grammar rules or achieve a high level in communication. He also has to study the cultural background of that specific language. Knowing a second language has a major impact on one’s life.