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.
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
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.