Dr Vicky Chondrogianni, Deputy Director of the Bilingualism Matters Centre at the University of Edinburgh gave a presentation on‘What It Means to Learn More Than One Language in Childhood’ and hosted a question and answer session for over 30 parents and staff at Dalry Primary school on 31 January. Dalry Primary School is unique in having the highest percentage of bi/multi-lingual pupils of any school in Edinburgh, with over 20 languages are spoken in the nursery alone.
Dr Chondrogianni told the group that research complied by her and her colleagues at Bilingualism Matters has shown that bilingualism is beneficial for children’s development and their future. Children exposed to different languages become more aware of different cultures, other people and other points of view. But they also tend to be better than monolinguals at ‘multitasking’ and focusing attention. They are often more precocious readers, and generally find it easier to learn other languages. Bilingualism gives children much more than two languages!
What our parents said:
“The session was really very helpful for us”
“It really helped to get rid of doubts and questions we had”
“It encourages us to use our mother tongue at home”