Bilingual education provides children who do not speak English a smooth transition to your new life in New Zealand. It is easier and quicker for them to make friends because there are no language barriers. They learn English in a safe environment.
MORE THAN MAINTAINING A MINORITY LANGUAGE
With bilingual education, your children will have native speaker proficiency in all academic subjects in both French and English.
Studies in language development show that young children with exposure to more than one language at an early age are at a distinct advantage throughout life.
The more that children can take advantage of the new concepts, the more in tune their brains will be to all learning throughout life. Some studies show that the brain ages more slowly and the employment rate is higher in adults with bilingual capacities. Why not set kids up for success and strengthen long-term brain health while we're at it?
Young children being raised as bilingual have to follow social cues to figure our which language to use with which person and in what setting. As a result, bilingual children have demonstrated a head start in tests of perspective-taking and theory of mind - both of which are fundamental and emotional skills.