In bilingual education, students do not learn English. They learn through English.
In bilingual education, students do not learn English. They learn through English. The language is used as a tool to acquire knowledge in academic disciplines: Mathematics, Science, Arts, and so forth.
Students learn to think, create and reflect and analyze in both languages, moving interchangeably between Portuguese and English.
The Bilingual Brain
Neurological studies by scientists such as Naja Ramírez are demonstrating how a bilingual brain is more active than a monolingual brain. Working in two or more languages develops the area of the brain responsible for executive functions; speed in decision-making, greater adaptability, task initiation and organization, for example.
The earlier the better
In the beginning, it is common for children to mix languages and this used to be erroneously labeled as ‘language confusion’. Today we know, however, that mixing the two languages is an early sign of a complex skill set and understanding of both languages without detriment to either. This is why our Early Years program is with full immersion in English until students reach 4 years old.