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Why do bilingual and multilingual students tend to perform better at school?

Research has shown that multilingual students tend to achieve better in school for several reasons:

  1. Improved cognitive skills: Being bilingual or multilingual has been linked to enhanced problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

  2. Better memory and attention: Multilingual students often have better memory and attention skills, which can help them excel in the classroom.

  3. Higher cultural awareness: Multilingual students are exposed to diverse cultures and perspectives, which can help them develop a broader understanding of the world and be more open-minded.

  4. Enhanced language skills: Fluent in multiple languages help students better understand and process information and improve their overall language skills.

  5. Improved academic achievement: Studies have shown that multilingual students often score higher on standardized tests and have higher grades than monolingual students.

It's important to note that these benefits are optional and can vary depending on the student's level of proficiency in each language and the teaching and learning environment.