How We Can Help America Become More BilingualBrooks
America is known for having a diverse group of races and cultures within its midst. There are people from all over the world in the United States. However, the rate of the population that is bilingual here pales in comparison to other countries. The Summer Institute of Linguistics states that over two-thirds of the children in the world are bilingual, but only 17% of the population in the U.S. speaks a second language aside from English. This statistic is odd when you compare it to the vast differences in nationalities that fill the country. It would make sense for America to be one of the most diverse countries in the world when it comes to the languages it speaks, yet it falls behind many other places.
Creating a More Bilingual America
The United States only has things to gain from becoming more bilingual. It will help to create a more diverse workforce, allow different cultures to become more integrated, and make it easier for citizens to learn third or fourth languages. However, this can’t happen if the country does not choose to make the changes necessary to boost its bilingual citizen rates.
A great place to start is with preschool Spanish curriculum lessons. If introducing a second language at the preschool age became the norm for schools across the country, it would be a huge step towards achieving this goal. Only select schools use these lessons in pre-K, but if it became more popular it would introduce children to a second language at a time when they’re more susceptible to learning it. This could help pique their interest in it, especially if the lessons were continued in later grades.
It would also make a difference if the parents of the children participating in these preschool Spanish curriculum lessons took an interest as well. There are many apps or programs available to help adults learn Spanish, so they could start learning alongside their children. They could do Spanish homework together and become bilingual at the same time. It would make for a great family activity as well help boost the numbers of bilingual citizens.
Making these changes will only make America a greater place. It will make the country even more diverse and allow different cultures to come together. Starting these changes at an early age and getting parents involved as well will help make a difference in the U.S. that will help to raise that 17% to a higher number.