Bilingual Education 

What Does Research Say?

There is a compounding body of quantitative, qualitative, longitudinal and cross-sectional research that supports the efficacy and effectiveness of bilingualism and multilingualism.

 

In the section below, we have organized some of the most poignant pieces of research from the field into four categories: cognitive development, academic achievement, social-emotional development and racial justice. 

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

"Bilingualism makes the brain stronger. It is brain exercise."

 

Ellen Bialystok, Cognitive Neuroscientist

University of Toronto 

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

 

"Study after study has reported that children in bilingual programs typically outperform their counterparts in all-English programs on tests of academic achievement in English."

Stephen Krashen, Linguist and Educational Researcher

University of Southern California

social emotional development

 

 

Children exposed to several languages are better at seeing through others’ eyes.

 

 

Research Article published in Psychology Science, 2015

Fan, Liberman, Keysar & Kinzler from the University of Chicago

RACIAL JUSTICE

"African American students of low income attending dual language classes were as much as two grades ahead of their peers not in dual language."

 

Drs. Thomas and Collier, George Mason University

ILA Leadership Literacy Brief, 2019