Why raising bilingual readers is important?
According to the International Literacy Foundation, literacy is a powerful tool in achieving equal education for children from diverse backgrounds.
Nearly 30% of Australia’s population was born overseas so we have a rich diversity of cultures and languages in our society.
Sadly, children from refugee and migrant families often experience challenges like falling behind in early literacy and missing educational milestones. They often struggle to learn both English and their traditional language.
It’s important for kids from different backgrounds to develop bilingual literacy skills at an early age because there are many amazing benefits and outcomes if they do.
How being bilingual helps children?
Cognitive and Personal Development
- Positive effect on brain function and development
- Increases concentration, problem-solving and multitasking abilities
- Helps children understand language structure
- Increases psychological wellbeing, self-worth, and belief in their abilities
- Helps develop better social and communication skills
Education and Employment
- Linked to better academic results
- Makes it easier for children to learn additional languages in later life
- Equips them to interact better in today’s globalised world
- Increases employment and travel opportunities
- Deeper connection to their home countries and heritage
- Stronger sense of cultural identity and belonging
- Encourages appreciation and acceptance of different cultures
- Enables children to communicate with extended family members
Strengthening Family Bonds
- More quality family time as parents help kids learn their native language
- Fosters deeper emotional connection
- Improves family communication