Misunderstandings About Bilingualism

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The importance of language skills and the ability to communicate and interact with the surrounding environment is critical in the early stages of development in a child. Communication and social skills, along with learning and expressing themselves in order to interact, is highly important during the developmental period in a child’s life. These critical issues have induced the interest and concerns by both parents and researchers to explore and study the effects of bilingualism. In this paper, we will take a look at the most common myths and misunderstandings about bilingualism. Today, there are many parents who still believe that learning multiple languages can cause language delay and low intelligence due to the misunderstanding
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The era of technology today connects people across the globe to become a multilingual society. Today, more than half of the world’s population can speak other languages aside from their mother tongue. The need of a second language becomes a necessity and it has become more important than ever before. Current education systems in many countries have developed into bilingual programs in order to promote and to help the children to meet their future requirements. Learning a second language or multiple languages has become a common global standard today, however, there are still many myths and misunderstandings circulating among the parents and educators that are causing unnecessary anxiety and concern about their children’s cognitive development and language abilities regarding the matters of bilingualism. Next, we will take a look at the most questioned myth about…show more content…
Being bilingual in the era of globalization opens up many doors to the world as well as opportunities to a brighter career and future. The myths and misunderstandings of bilingualism has to be corrected and in order for them to come to an end, since they were proven by scientific researchers that they were nothing more than just myths from the past. Parents, educators along with researchers play an important role in spreading the facts about bilingualism to avoid future confusion especially to many new bilingual families. Aside from that, motivation from parents is the main key for a bilingual child to learn and excel in both languages to achieve a balance in order to be successful in the future. It is also important for the parents to guide and monitor a child’s learning development. There are many limitations and difficulties to attain accurate results on the differences of bilinguals and monolinguals, however, researchers and educators are positive about the benefits of being bilingual or multilingual. Hopefully new research and studies in the near future will be able to solve the questions and

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