The benefits of bilingual education for young students

Being exposed to two languages at a young age has profound benefits. Children
who learn two languages often
have the upper hand academically, not
only in reading, but in math and science, too.

Plus, biliteracy in childhood improves soft skills like:

  • Memory
  • Problem-solving
  • Focus
  • Ability to learn additional languages
  • Capacity to effectively understand and engage with other cultures (socio-cultural awareness and competency)

Adding bilingual learning through Spanish texts can help students achieve some of these benefits, whether they are in an immersion program or not.

Bilingual Education in America

These bilingual benefits are showcased in dual-language immersion school programs,
which are becoming more common in the U.S.

Dual-language programs teach their curriculum in two languages to help students become fluent in both their native language and the second language. These programs usually begin in kindergarten because we can acquire and retain a new language best during the toddler and elementary age ranges.

Between 2010 and 2021, the number of these programs in public schools jumped from 1,000 to more than 3,600!

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ARC Completes National Canvass of Dual Language
Immersion Programs in U.S. Public Schools | American Councils

About 80% of dual language immersion programs teach English and Spanish.

The Spanish-speaking student population is growing

One in every four school-aged children in the U.S. are
Hispanic, and this number is growing in every state.
And it’s no surprise, since Hispanics are the second largest racial/ethnic group in the U.S. (18% of the population).

Soon, the U.S. is may have the largest Spanish-speaking population in the world—an estimated 138 million Spanish speakers by 2050.