Brain-based research on bilingualism indicates that there are cognitive benefits in learning two languages, namely English Language (EL) and Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs). Children who are bilingual have greater focus and concentration skills, and are able to maintain focus on a task and achieve their goals. The learning of two languages (EL & MTL) in the early years also results in acquiring both languages at a higher level. However, this depends on how much the language is used at home, school and other settings, as well as how much emphasis and importance is given to the language.
Areas covered during the sharing session will include the importance of bilingualism in the early years, how children learn languages and how adults (especially teachers & parents) can support and encourage children’s learning of languages. The Nurturing Early Learners (NEL) Framework for MTLs (launched by MOE in 2014) will also be presented during the session.