Additional Language Learning
How Languages Build Plurilingualism:
- Knowing two languages is more advantageous than knowing just one language when learning additional languages.
- There are academic and cognitive benefits including the development of academic and communication skills when learning more than two languages.
- Learning more than two languages often results in a greater sense of open-mindedness and empathy.
- Learning an additional language not only positively influences language learning in general, but it also helps students to develop multicultural awareness, positive attitudes toward communicating in their non-native languages and academic proficiency.
- Even though a child’s first language may not be a societal language, children can successfully learn an additional language, such as French, while learning English as a second language simultaneously.
The above statements come from the Literature on the Impact of Second-Language Learning (2017).
Read Why Learn Languages? Languages Build Plurilingualism – a short summary of the benefits of learning a second language.
Read a research-based article on how language learning builds plurilingualism:
- The Straits Times: Bilingual kids can pick up third language “more easily”: Study