DLI Research and Rationale
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages
open every door along the way.”
Research has shown that multiple beneﬁts exist for young students who acquire a second language, including:
- Children more easily learn a second language than adults and typically end up with a better understanding of their native language.
- English learners have an opportunity to make more progress on grade-level instruction — reducing the number who fall behind.
- Research shows that early second language learning increases achievement as measured by standardized testing (Armstrong & Rogers, 1997).
- Young bilingual children show more critical thinking skills, greater sensitivity to language and stronger communication and listening skills.
- Children develop a sense of appreciation for other cultures.
- Proﬁciency in a second language gives students a head start in language requirements for college.
- Proﬁciency in a second language also gives students a head start in language requirements for college and career.