What is bilingual education?

What is bilingual education?

In bilingual schools, the educational programme is delivered in two distinct languages. English is most often offered as the second language, but it is also possible to choose a different foreign language. The bilingual education system is the best preparation for studying in the world's best universities and building a successful career. To find out more about the advantages and specifics of this type of education, keep reading.

What is bilingualism - key information

Every private bilingual school offers a unique education program. The core principle, however, stays the same: students use their chosen foreign language together with their native one. Therefore, language acquisition and development becomes highly effective, as the lessons are not restricted to only study of grammar or listening comprehension.
The programme is constructed in a way that teaches children to use their second language in a wide range of situations. Such an approach turns foreign languages from a goal into a tool for learning. Maths, IT, biology, literature, chemistry, and other school subjects can be taught in the second language.
However, it is important not to confuse bilingual schools with schools specializing in foreign languages. Of course, there are similarities, but bilingual schools do not simply teach a foreign language; they allow students to use it during other lessons and to become truly multilingual. Schools specializing in foreign languages offer two or three lessons a day, which really helps with the level of fluency. Education in two or more languages immerses students into the languages, which guarantees fluent and organic speech.

Advantages of the bilingual system

There are many advantages to bilingual education. Here are the key ones:

  • Improvement of cognitive abilities. Research shows that bilingual people are better at tasks requiring attention, memory, problem solving, and creativity. It is also easier for them to switch between different tasks and adapt to new situations.
  • Fluency in a foreign language. Graduates who have finished bilingual schools find it easier to enter their university of choice. Bilingual children easily pass foreign language exams, which gives them more opportunities to study abroad.
  • Improvement of academic performance. Bilingual education can raise the level of proficiency in both native and foreign languages, as well as in subjects like maths, science, and art. It can also help with motivation and interest in studying, as well as improve self-esteem and confidence.
  • Access to scientific journals and works of literature in their original language. More than 80% of scientific articles are written in English and unavailable in other languages. Low levels of language proficiency can seriously hinder professional development.
  • Possibility of a higher paid job. Candidates with excellent second language skills can have salaries between 20% and 40% higher than their peers.
  • Development of cultural and intercultural understanding. Bilingual education helps students learn about and appreciate different cultures, traditions, and values. It also teaches the importance of tolerance, respect towards and cooperation with people from different ethnic, religious, and social groups.
  • No need for extra lessons. Since the child is already immersed in the language, they usually do not need additional language support.

    Please note that English is not the only language available in bilingual schools. Contact the school to find out more about their options.

Why you should choose a bilingual school (especially if you have just moved to another country)

Bilingual education is the best option for those planning to study in universities abroad. Apart from becoming fluent in their chosen language, graduates of bilingual schools expand their horizons and develop their creative thinking. It is an effective method of forming empathy and respect towards other cultures. A child brought up multilingually will not need additional guidance to express their opinion, make difficult decisions, and try new things. They generally find it easier to adapt in foreign schools and pass entrance exams. In addition, a bilingual child feels more comfortable with scientific terminology (physics, IT, chemistry).
A bilingual school is an excellent investment in your child’s future. They will have many more paths to realise their potential and succeed professionally.

Arrange an interview at Trinity to get more information about possible education options. You can find out about the programme for yourself and choose what is best for your child with the guidance of professional educators.

Come with your child for an interview at Trinity School to learn more about all of the school options available. You will be able to learn about the program, and choose the best format for your child.

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