Do the Advantages Out Weigh the Disadvantages of Language Development in Bilingual Children Versus Monolingual Children?

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Do the Advantages Out Weigh the Disadvantages of Language Development in Bilingual Children Versus Monolingual Children?

Developmental Psychology

Reason behind study:
The reason I chose to study language development between bilingual and monolingual children is while reading our text book,(Lifespan Development, Denise Boyd and Helen Bee, Fifth
Edition, 2003, 2006, 2009, p.137); It discussed the advantages and disadvantages of being raised speaking two languages versus one single language. Our texts states that there are many advantages and disadvantages to being bilingual and ask’s if the advantages out weigh the disadvantages later in life? Obviously, the big advantage of speaking a second language is how marketable that
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When the mothers’ of the bilingual children would ask them questions in english, e.g., "Do you have to use the restroom?" or,
"Are you hungry?" The bilingual school — age children always replied in spanish unless specifically

told to answer in english. When I spoke to the moms’ about this in relation to school they both said that they would have answered the teacher in english, sometimes they’d get ahead of themselves and respond in spanish but 90% of the time it would have been answered in english. I asked why they thought this was and both said that, "Even though both languages are spoken at home, they feel more comfortable speaking spanish, it is an easier language to learn." When these questions were asked to the toddlers’, their mothers’ would always ask in english first and then in spanish, and when they responded, it too, was always answered in spanish, when told to answer in english, they’d hesitate and responded mixing the two languages and their mothers’ would correct the words they couldn't say in english. These words were usually the large words like restroom, hungry, or sandwich. When I asked their mothers’ why those words were harder for the kids, they said it was spoken differently in spanish, easier for the kids to understand. The example they used was, "Bread with peanut butter and jelly on it versus sandwich." They also explained to me that the spanish language doesn't have a lot of words that have a double meaning and

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