Bilingualism makes you smarter!

I thought I’d use today’s post to refer  you to an  article from the New York Times, which was passed on to me by a friend, touting the benefits of bilingualism .  It talks about how learning a second language benefits the cognitive functions of the brain and prevents dementia later on in life.  Being a former student of a Second Language Acquisition Graduate program, I found this article fascinating.

I find that as a teacher of French, I am constantly having to convince students of the value of learning a second language, and particularly the value of French here in Canada. Because French is an elective after grade 9 here in Ontario, we try hard to explain to students that French helps people get jobs and get higher paying jobs.   I’ve heard just recently that it even helps people get accepted into university in some cases.  It is a skill that can be used in many different areas, no matter what path they choose in life.  We notice that we have a great deal of attrition in our courses, much of it due to the fact that there are usually conflicts with the Advanced Placement courses, and naturally, AP always wins… Another issue we’re trying to tackle is retaining boys in our classes.  I only have three of them in my grade 11/12 class.

We do our best to motivate them and make our classes fun and interesting.  I find that students want to see progress in their speaking skills most and this is why I try to incorporate authentic speaking activities, like the one I did yesterday as much as possible.

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.   I think a copy may just end up on our bulletin board…

Thanks for stopping by!


About Mme Martin

I am a high school French teacher in Ontario, Canada. I've been a teacher for the last 14 years and I love what I do. I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching by learning from my colleagues, reading, attending conferences and workshops. I also completed a Masters of Education degree, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. My goal is to increase students' oral fluency in French and I would like to share this journey with you in the hopes that you will find new ideas and be inspired to do the same. I will let you know what I try in my classes and what works and what doesn't. I hope you will find a wealth of ideas to use in your class.
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18 Responses to Bilingualism makes you smarter!

  1. rosemarymolly says:

    Reblogged this on Un café, s'il vous plaît. and commented:
    This is my kind of article!!

  2. rosemarymolly says:

    Thanks for the article link! I will definitely read into that one 🙂

  3. teganss says:

    Reblogged this on Toutes Les Couleurs du Ciel and commented:
    Yes! This article is brilliant. I’m currently doing my major Research Project for school on the topic of the ‘psychological benefits of learning a second language’. This is perfect

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