Benefits of Bilingualism

Benefits of Bilingualism

One language sets you in a corridor for life.
Two languages open every door along the way.  
— Frank Smith

The world becomes more connected and complex every day. Speaking two or more languages has both practical and cognitive benefits. Bilingual education has a profound influence on the brain, improving cognitive skills and building outstanding social skills that allow children to adjust to change with agility. For a good overview of recent research, the following articles are a great place to start:

German Skills Increase Income Potential   — World Economic Forum, Kaisa Schreck Danielsson, April 10, 2017

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education   — NPR, Anya Kamenetz, November 29, 2016

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals   — New York Times, Katherine Kinzler, March 11, 2016

Becoming Bilingual at GISB

bilingualismAt GISB, multiculturalism and multilingualism are at the center of our mission. Families and Faculty from all over the world create an atmosphere of lively exchange, fostering friendlyopen-minded and culturally aware global citizens.

German is our primary language of instruction. Preschool and Kindergarten are German immersion programs. From Kindergarten  – grade 12, English is taught as a separate subject area as well as the language of instruction for Art, American History and Physical Education classes. Select Science courses are taught bilingually in the Upper School, and the remaining subjects are taught in German by native speakers. It is our goal that students be fluent in the listening, speaking, reading and writing of both German and English by grade 8 in order to graduate with both the German International Abitur and a High School Diploma.

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

In this animation by TED-Ed, Mia Nacamulli details three types of bilingual brains and
shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.

German International School New York created and shared this excellent infographic that says it all!

Bilingualism Infographic