Benefits of Bilingualism

Benefits of Bilingualism

Benefits of Bilingualism considers to what extent language and culture are part of who we are. At the end of this lesson, you will be able to discuss how language could limit the way we think.

  • Time

    30-40 minutes

  • Main Skill

    Reading

  • Theme and topic

    Identities: - Benefits of Bilingualism

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    Reading Comprehension Exercise

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Watch a video discussing the relationship between language and culture. Answer the questions after you have watched the video.

 

Read the text about some of the benefits of bilingualism. and answer the questions that follow.

Adapted from the joys and benefits of bilingualism by Tobias Jones.

Here are the keywords and phrases to learn:

  • bilinguals
  • code-switching
  • cognition
  • cross-language concepts
  • linguistic determinism
  • linguistic relativity
  • melancholic
  • stereotypically
  • superficial

Answers from the video.
1. nouns. verbs, consonants, vowels, phrases, sentences
2. b
3. Linguistic relativity
4. Hopi language and concepts of time
5. translation, thoughts, viewpoints

  1. Prepare a talk to give to parents of new students at your school on the benefits of speaking another language or maintaining students' mother-tongue languages at home. Here is an example of how to write a speech.
  2. Write a proposal to the School Principal suggesting ways the school might better support students' mother tongue. Here is a sample template.
  • Be directed at the Principal (audience)
  • Include formal language (register)
  • Address the goals of the proposal with a title
  • Use clear organization through the use of subheadings.

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IB English B Language Skills

  • Listening & Speaking

    Skills to communicate both professionally and socially.

  • Reading

    Skills to stimulates imagination memory and recall information

  • Writing

    Skills to foster the ability to explain and refine ideas.

IB English B Themes

  • Experiences

    Opportunities to consider how events which take place impact an individual's life.

  • Human Ingenuity

    Opportunities to explore the sciences, technology and creativity.

  • Identities

    Opportunities to discover interests, values, belief and culture.

  • Sharing The Planet

    Opportunities to look at the challenges faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • Social Organization

    Opportunities to explore the way in which groups of people organise themselves through common systems or interests.

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