Bilingualism Of Early Childhood And Academic Performance Essay

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Introduction

The purpose of this study is to learn how and to what extent bilingualism in early childhood (from ages 0-5) affects cognitive intelligence later in a person’s life as reflected by the academic performance at the university level. This an important and relevant topic for human development and education as schools are becoming increasingly more diverse, and there are more students from different cultural backgrounds speaking a multitude of languages. Many of these students will have parents who are native speakers of non-English languages who are faced with the dilemma to either teach their child in two languages during early childhood, one being English or raise him or her to speak only one language, English. Assessing whether there are positive or negative correlations between bilingualism in early childhood and academic performance later in life is extremely important as it can test the commonly held belief that raising children to be bilingual can confuse the child. However, it should be noted, today’s parents are more receptive to introducing bilingual learning to their children during early childhood. This study is potentially an important contribution to the field of early childhood development, which has already established that young children who are raised to be bilingual develop differently than those that are raised to be monolingual.
There are numerous studies that have been conducted regarding bilingualism in early childhood and its many…

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