Are you bilingual?Being bilingual meansthat you canefficiently carry outconversation, read,and write, in morethan one language.
How is this beneficial?Why should you speak more than one language?•Easy traveling•Exposure to different cultures•Expanded vocabulary•Increased knowledge
TravelingWhen traveling you can gain themost out of an experience if you cancommunicate with natives.•Allows you to relate to others•Allows for better transportation andservices• Is efficient in more than one area,potentially more than one continent.
Different CulturesWe are constantly surrounded by othercultures. Learning another languageexposes you to: New ideas and methods Different jobs from around the world The everyday lives of others New ways of completing everyday tasks Life’s many natural advantages anddisadvantages
VocabularyLearning a new language is a wonderfulway to expand your vocabulary. It allowsfor:•Learning new words and root words•Many languages have words that aresimilar in root or stem. Such as Englishand Spanish.
KnowledgeOverall experience and exposure that comes with learninga new language can make you very knowledgeable.Research has proved that bilingualism develops:•Classification Skills•Concept Formation•Analogical Reasoning•Visual-Spatial Skills•Creativity•Other Cognitive Gains
Why is this important?Learning new ways to communicate is always helpful, butthe benefits of learning a new language may help you:•Expand and network your thoughts•Create lasting relationships with peoplewho share your skills•Stand out to employers•Get into colleges/universities•Impress your authority figures/ nativespeakers of other languages
Networking Communicateideas to foreigners,or people in othercountries Spread awarenessabout a cause orissue Influence a crowd Create lastingrelationships withother bilingualpeople Communicate withothers who are notproficient in Englishat work or school.
Making Impressions Communicate witha wide range ofpeople at work Impress, or evenhelp, your boss byusing anotherlanguage Stand out from co-workers Be impressive oncollegeapplications Have the ability tostudy abroad Explore collegemajors or minors inother languages
Personal Benefits• Speaking another languageprovides you with more optionsincluding:• More reading options• More benefits from traveling• More ways of expression through culture• New ideas or ways of thinking• Adoption of new customs• Slang, choice of language, habits
Cognitive Benefits• The Executive ControlSystem• Concept of the executivecontrol system is the sameconcept of paying attention.• Utilizing this system occurs when• Paying attention to more than one thing,such as when switching betweenlanguages.
Academic Success• Popular beliefs state that learninganother language may deteriorateyour English skills, however researchhas proven the opposite to be true.• Learning a new language makes youthink in a new way, thus you mayapply what you learned to differentsubjects.• Problem-Solving Abilities• Improved Grades
Future SuccessExpanded job opportunitiesMore competitive due to skillExtended opportunities totravel abroad
Becoming BilingualPrograms have spread across the globe thatinfluence children and adults alike to get involved inlearning new languages.• Immersion Schools• Working Overseas• After-School/After-Work Training Programs• Mandatory Study Abroad Programs in College
Many StepsThere are many steps in consideringhow long and hard you will have towork to learn a new language, thisincludes:• Do you want to be proficient?• What is your current languagebackground?• How will you learn?• What type of learner are you?
“Being exposed to the existence of otherlanguages increases the perception that theworld is populated by people who not onlyspeak differently from oneself but whosecultures and philosophies are other than one’sown. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotrybut by demonstrating that all people cry,laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introducethe idea that if we try to understand eachother, we may even become friends.”- Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing forMy Journey Now
Root Word FunActivity Instructions:1. Divide into 3 groups. Each group will receive onebag, containing words from one language.2. Take the words in your bag and using the hintsbelow, do your best to arrange the words into asentence.3. When you are done you will find a “Thank you!”message written to you in your language, raiseyour hands for me to approve your message,then one person will write it on the board.4. What did your message mean? I will translate themessages into English once each group hascompleted the activity.
Activity Hints• In Spanish, “Hablar” means “to talk”• “Mas” means “more”.• “Idioma” sounds like “idiom”• In Portuguese, “Espero” means “to hope”• “Meu” means “mine”• “Projeto” sounds like “project”• In French, “Apprendre means toapprehend”• “Nouvelle” means “new”• “Difficile” sounds like “difficult”
Learning a newlanguage may bedifficult, but that is life.Learning more than onelanguage is veryimportant. I hope thatyou enjoyed my project!
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