Bilingual Benefits

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."  Frank Smith

Likelihood of academic success is improved through access to culturally rich learning experiences that are engaging and have relevance to student and their families. Research indicates that bilingual learning has a positive effect on the cognitive development of young children and subsequently has a positive effect on later academic performance. The reason for this is an increased cognitive engagement when English and a first or home language are used simultaneously in the classroom.

Language is a form of expression of both identity and heritage. It is important for conversations both at home and at school and brings more meaning to learning because a student’s previous experiences are relevant to topics in a new language. Students are able to gain an awareness of the culture of the second language and understand that they live in an interconnected world.

A bilingual education program can:

  • Strengthen literacy in Vietnamese and English.
  • Allow for dual language flexibility when communicating with other people.
  • Increase potential for academic progress and intellectual growth.
  • Allow students to gain a deep understanding of their own cultural identity.
  • Foster appreciation of another language and culture.
  • Create pathways in education and careers that would be impossible without cross-cultural ties.

GP Academy’s biggest strength is our bilingual approach - developing multilingual skills and a cultural identity by allowing students to receive their education in two languages, Vietnamese and English. As students progress through our Daycare, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, English or Vietnamese is spoken for a large part of the day, full morning or full afternoon. The goal for most students is that the kindergarten classrooms are dual-language, providing instruction across subject areas in both Vietnamese and English. Our approach to bilingual education will always involve lots of exposure to native speakers and show progress across grade levels to best prepare students for English language proficiency as they transition to primary school.