Guía del Bilingüismo del British Council School

British Council

We have been educating bilingual pupils for over 75 years and we know the positive impact bilingualism has had on their futures. As bilingualism experts, we have produced a comprehensive guide to bilingualism for parents, alongside authors Marlen van Wechem and Ana Halbach.

Download our free bilingualism guide below (Spanish only).

What does the Bilingualism guide cover?

  1. What is meant by 'bilingual'?
  2. What are the personal, social, cultural and economic advantages of being bilingual?
  3. What are the cognitive advantages of being bilingual?
  4. Are there any disadvantages in being bilingual?
  5. Will my child be able to use both languages ​​interchangeably in the future?
  6. Is it easier to learn a third or subsequent language when you're already bilingual?
  7. What is the ideal age to start learning a second language?
  8. What is the process of language acquisition in a bilingual child?
  9. Does bilingualism cause delays in the acquisition of language?
  10. Is it advisable for a child with specific language disorder to learn a second language?
  11. How important is the development of the mother tongue?
  12. Is it normal that my child does not seem to want to talk in a language?
  13. Is it normal that my child mixes the two languages?
  14. At what age I can check whether my child is bilingual?
  15. Once my child is bilingual, what is the risk that one of the languages will disappear if it is not regularly used?
  16. How I can support my child at home before and after they start bilingual education?

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