An Au Pair and the Bilingual Advantage for Kids

One of the many benefits Host Families receive from their Au Pair is they bring a new culture and language into the home. In today’s increasingly globalized world and as America’s melting pot continues to become more diverse, knowing more than one language has proven to be beneficial, especially in the job market. 

Recently I came across the article in The New York Times  “The Bilingual Advantage” by  CLAUDIA DREIFUS.  A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Dr. Bialystok, 62, a distinguished research professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, was awarded a $100,000 Killam Prize last year for her contributions to social science.

Ellen Bialystok says that “There are two major reasons people should pass their heritage language onto children. First, it connects children to their ancestors. The second is my research: Bilingualism is good for you. It makes brains stronger. It is brain exercise.”

Hiring an Au Pair who speaks the language of parents choice is a perfect option. Children learn a second language through study & play. They learn a new language for free with native speakers, while broadening their perspectives and world knowledge; which in today’s world is considered to be priceless.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Colene Fleisner
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 05:10:53

    excellent article, really enjoyed reading it. will be back to read future posts.

    Reply

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