The academic and personal development benefits of a dual-language program are far-reaching, which is why The Dalton School is so proud to be Toronto’s only fully immersive English/Mandarin school.
There is a proven link between learning multiple languages and academic achievement. In fact, there is no better way to develop the brain than by introducing a second language at an early age.
When our students are exposed to an additional language at an early age, they reap the benefits of experimenting with that language as a natural part of their development.
Understanding the nuances of words in different languages helps our students develop a capacity for abstract thought, which in turn helps develop their math and musical skills. They have a flexibility and creativity to their thinking that is simply not present in those who only speak a single language.
Studies have proven that children learning an additional language tend to score better on standardized tests because learning languages develops listening, observation, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Our students also have an expanded world view from an early age. By understanding different cultures, values and beliefs, they embrace differences, and grow into tolerant, open-minded adults who are completely comfortable in an increasingly multicultural world. The skills developed through learning and understanding different cultures and languages are essential for the leaders of the future.