The opportunity of bilingualism is an important gift to give to our students. The cognitive, cultural, and professional benefits of bilingualism have the potential to broaden learners’ experiences in their careers and academics.

In a recent edWebinar, Maya Goodall, senior director of EL Curriculum at Lexia Learning, highlighted that 10 percent of all students in U.S. public schools are emerging bilingual learners and emerging multilinguals.

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Formerly called English Language Learners, students who speak more than one language have demonstrated advantages and awareness of languages, communication skills, memory, decision making, and analytical skills.

According to applied linguistics, in order to learn a language, it is critical to speak a language. If the learner doesn’t have the skill of language, they will struggle with reading comprehension.

About the Author:

Eileen Belastock, CETL is the Director of Academic Technology for Mount Greylock RSD in Williamstown, MA, and also works with to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars. You can follow Eileen on Twitter @EileenBelastock.