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Perhaps you’ve heard of the OPOL (One Parent One Language) method where each of the parents speaks with the children their heritage language. This approach is commonly used with multilingual families.
Imagine what a child can do in life if he/she can speak two or three languages? Be an international pilot? a foreign correspondent? work for the United Nations? an international sales manager? become a diplomat? become the CEO of a corporation based in Germany, China, or Poland? Why not?
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Newly released government GCSE figures have revealed that native English speakers have fallen behind the children of immigrants in Attainment 8, on all of the key measures across eight GCSEs. The same tendency can be noticed in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which assesses marks in English language and literature, maths, the sciences, history or geography and a foreign language.
Reports say that in 2019, 43.8 per cent of pupils from linguistic backgrounds other than English achieved a strong 9-5 grade pass in English and maths, compared to 43.2 per cent of their native speaking peers.An average Attainment 8 score at state-funded schools was 46.6 per cent for native English speaking teenagers compared to 47.6 per cent for those who come from immigrant families.
This trend was first noted in 2017, when children with English as an additional language outperformed native English speakers across all the key GCSE measures.
Responding to the impressive figures, Bea Sieradzka, the founder of the World of Love Festival, the new family language event in Bournemouth, which in 2019 gathered people from more than 20 diverse communities, says that these findings are a great example to prove how useful learning languages is. At the event in Dorset, children can take part in free kids’ activities and interactive language games from different countries, try their hand at the different workshops and watch international artists performing on stage. This is all to inspire children and their families to learning languages and sharing the knowledge of other cultures.
The new government data shows that bilingualism not only improves our social lives, helps to travel and makes us more competitive in the job market. Modern research studies demonstrate that the ability to speak two languages or more improves attention control, problem solving, helps with multitasking and in general, improves a child’s educational development.