Why it Pays to be Bilingual


I remember the challenges of learning a new language when I was in school. I did not value the lessons nor the books I had to read. Looking back today, I am most grateful for the second language policy that Singapore had. Being bilingual, aware of the world around us and it’s languages and cultures, is so very vital to our success in life.

In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be looking at Why it Pays to be Bilingual.

Activity 1 : Click the link below and find out why being bilingual is beneficial. Then ‘leave a comment’ about what you have read and your thoughts, opinions and feelings on this subject matter. We’ll be looking at this topic on Monday 6th February.

Why it Pays to be Bilingual

Some vocabulary for you.

1) cognitive: to do with your brain – mental development of judgement, perception, reasoning

2) metalinguistic skills : skills necessary to learn languages, write, speak, listen, respond to words in a language

3) augment : improve, increase, make bigger

Activity 2 : Find the definitions of these words from the website

1) bilingual

2) multitaskers (n) / multitasking (v)

3) verbal and spatial

Good luck. I’ll see you on Monday 6th February with reasons why being bilingual is important. Be ready to share your findings.


About mrsmissoveness

I'm Heading the EAL dept and Teaching ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom (TESMC) trainer on Jeju island, South Korea. I'm enjoying the IT revolution in the classroom and discovering new IT tools to support my lessons. Reading is at the top of my list: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" Dr Seuss, I can read with my eyes shut. Learning Korean is my biggest challenge at this point in time. However, a word a day is my target.

5 responses »

  1. 1. Bilingual person is quite improtant in know days, because world is being globalisatiin, therefore in korea there are lots of foreinger. Aslo in companies they require bilingual languages for mandatory. Having more than one language is better than nothing. However, learning languages is very hard, because different culture, understanding, and details are the big reason for hard to learn languages.

    Multitasking. Working more than one job

    Bilingual Speak more than 2 languaes

    Verbal. Relate more than one language

  2. 1. Bilingual has lots of benefits, because know all things are change into global, we can easily see other languages around us.For examples, In Korea there are lots of signboard in english which mean english is familiar to Korean. That show us bilingual is part of our life. Now the world is hard to live without other language. Those are why bilingual is important. It’s also why i am in NLCS JEJU now.
    2. 1)-Bilingual : Able to use two different language
    2)-Multitasking : To do two or more different tasks at the same time
    3)-Verbal: Relate on the language

  3. 1) Bilingual gives you a lot of benefits. This can upgrade your verbal, metalinguistic skills, and memory skills. If there are more languages which you can say, there will be more people who can talk with and expands your social area. This also fits for global 21st century. Furthermore, there are more benefits. We can earn more money from a lot of companies, and the government will treat you better. Bilingual also decrease social problem like hopelessness, and aggressive behavior. In my opinion, Bilingual increase your features. This is because this expands your discerning eye.
    2) Bilingual: written or spoken in two languages
    Multitasking: the action of running several processes or jobs simultaneously on one system
    Verbal: relating to or consisting of words

  4. 1. I think being bilingual is related to NLCS students. We are came here to learn second language which is English, moreover we also learn Mandarin. These various languages will help us to be global people. Bilinguals are good at multitasking. They work many different tasks as well without distractions and they are safe about to be Alzheimer’s. As being bilingual, we can extend to not only Korea but also abroad. The link shows that bilingual often makes more money. In general, bilingual positions earn more money than monolingual positions. The countries like bilingual people more. Also we except two cultures from bilingualism. We can compare and understand two speprate cultures.
    2. 1) Bilingual : Knowing two languages.
    2) Multitaskers : Person who does two or more different tasks at the same time.
    Multitasking : Doing two or more tasks at the same time.
    3) Verbal : To indicate that something is connected with words.
    Spatial : To describe things relating to areas.

    • Hi, good to know that you’ve read through the web link. Research has shown that the benefits of learning new languages is multifaceted – mental, health, social, economic, spatial.. Aren’t you glad that you have been given the opportunity to challenge yourself and be the recipient of long- term rewards. See you in class tomorrow.

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