Bilingualism: Speaking two languages

Bilingual language learners live and learn in two cultures.  For example, at Jenny Lind, we have students who speak a variety of native languages, such as Hmong, Spanish, French Creole, and Russian.  Their second language is English, and they often attend English Language Learner (ELL) class as they acquire speaking skills in their new language. 

 

Children who speak two languages follow the same pattern of speech and language development as children who learn one language.  Bilingual children may also develop communication disorders which can be identified by a speech-language pathologist with the help of a native language translator.

Consistent exposure to two languages at an early age creates a rich language-learning environment.