Bilingualism improves cognitive development and strength. It’s a proven fact, as studies by neuroscientists have consistently shown. The ability to think and use more than one language strengthens the brain’s executive function, which includes activities such as organizing, focusing and managing conflicting information. Bilingualism exercises the brain, with benefits lasting a lifetime.
Lessons in Cultural Understanding
By the time they leave TFS, all our students have mastered English and French. In addition, they are studying the curricula of France and Ontario through the framework established by the IB programs. Of particular importance is our students’ exposure to la Francophonie — the cultures and histories of the many French-speaking nations worldwide. By gaining experience in international studies, they have the ability to understand different cultures and perspectives, viewed through the lens of different philosophies and educational models. These skills are critical in our global village.
Bilingualism in the Classroom
A common misconception is that students learning a second language may lag behind academically. In fact, TFS introduces English-language studies in Grade 2, and on the Canadian Test of Basic Skills (CTBS), taken by students across Canada in Grades 3, 5, and 7 and 9, our students consistently perform in the 99th percentile. As well, research shows that students who are immersed in a second language at school find that their English-language skills are actually stronger.