Second language

How important is it?

Synthesis of experts' texts - Published online February 19, 2008

Childhood bilingualism is a significant experience that has the power to influence the course and efficiency of children’s development.

The potential impact of bilingualism on children’s development has increasingly emerged as a crucial concern for modern societies, and for Canada in particular. In addition to the official commitment to a national policy of second-language acquisition and bilingualism, Canada’s immigration program has transformed the country into a rich multilingual and multicultural nation. Public schools are home to large numbers of children for whom English or French is a second language. It is therefore imperative that we understand the impact of these language backgrounds on children’s cognitive and educational futures.


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