In our classrooms, this means recognizing a student’s home language as an asset to learning. Parents are encouraged to support their children to read or speak in their home language first in order to build upon the competencies they already possess. Dual language helps students advance in their English language studies, and reaffirms for students the value of their home language. This builds confidence which aids educational achievement.
This video helps illustrate the value of multilingualism for families and society. The Puget Sound region is home to some of the largest companies in the world with customers and employees from all over the world who speak many languages. Families who speak more than one language often provide their children with an added bonus to finding high-paying jobs in these companies.