Bilingualism: A Personal Perspective Research Paper

Bilingualism: A Personal Perspective
Looks at the personal value to the individual of being bilingual in English and Arabic.
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This paper relates that, because of the personal value of stronger cognitive benefits, positive character development advantages and increased self-esteem in bilingual individuals, Arabic-English bilingualism for Arab children must be included in the earliest curriculum. Next, the author underscores that bilingual students create a powerful link to cross cultural understanding and develop greater tolerance towards different creeds and customs. This paper concludes that being bilingual is highly valuable to the individual; therefore, it should not be considered something that just happens in the course of raising children but rather parents and teachers should plan carefully to introduce early bilingual language development.

Table of Contents:
Literature on Bilingualism
Meanings of Bilingualism

From the Paper:

"In terms of academic benefits, bilingual children have been found to perform better than their monolingual peers. It has been rightly asserted by Bialystok (1998) that children who learn foreign languages at an early age have clear advantages in terms of reading ability. It is known in this regard that there is no critical period for acquiring language skills and it is always beneficial to learn new languages. For a four year old child it is easier and faster to reach the appropriate competing level for new languages as compared to a 13-year-old teenager."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, C. (2006). Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 4th Edition, Multilingual Matters.
  • Bedore, Lisa M. and Pena, Elizabeth D. (2008). Assessment of Bilingual Children for Identification of Language Impairment: Current Findings and Implications for Practice, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 11: 1, pp. 1-29
  • Ben-Zeev, S. (1977). The influence of bilingualism on cognitive strategy and cognitive development. Child Development, 48, pp. 1009-1018.
  • Bialystok, E & Majumder, S. (1998). The relationship between bilingualism and the development of cognitive processes in problem-solving. Applied Psycholinguistics, 169-85.
  • Bloomfield, L. (1935). Language. London: Allen and Unwin.

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