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Somewhere between 40-60% of the World’s population are considered to be bilingual (it varies according to the source). There’s many reasons for this, the main one being that most countries house numerous languages.
Think about you and your family: Are you a multi-language household? Are your children exposed to diverse cultures? Are you or any of your family members living in a foreign country? It is more than likely that this would be the case. We are global communities.
Yüme considers languages a natural key element in our Curriculum and the way we teach children about diversity, celebrating their backgrounds and communicating as the Global thinkers.
Our nursery offers a fully immersive English/Spanish bilingual experience with native speakers for both languages. Plus, complimentary languages such as French, Mandarin and Korean are also taught as a Language Programmes both for parents & children.
Our Bilingual Methodology celebrates language culture, and approaches the teaching of two languages through the Environment (both through the space and the relationships, inside and outside the school), the Cultural understanding of each language, and through our Inquiry-based, in-house Curriculum programmes.
Children are invited to interact with one or both languages indirectly through engaging in different hands-activities and conversations with the educator/teachers, consistently throughout the day.
Yes and no. It is true that children may find learning two or more languages at the same time more complex, or challenging (which is not necessarily a bad thing), as this can potentially create certain differences in the way or facility in which they learn one language over the other.
However, it’s been proven through extensive research that in the long term, children’s language abilities are not delayed or impaired, while, in fact, multilingualism provides a stronger cognitive development, and a personal (and eventually) professional advantage.
To paraphrase Barbara Zurer Pearson, PHD & author of Raising a bilingual child: If you are bilingual and you are thinking about or are currently raising your children to be bilingual, our nursery is for you. If you're not bilingual, but wonder if you might be able to raise your children to be bilingual, our nursery is also for you.