Civics: ISU Essay 2013
Bilingualism in Canada: Good or Bad? Yamna Zia
I believe that bilingualism is central to Canada’s identity, as well as other languages. Pierre Elliott Trudeau has said that, “Bilingualism unites people; dualism divides them. Bilingualism means you can speak to the other; duality means you live in one language and the rest of Canada will live in another language”.
Bilingualism is an essential part of Canadian nature and in the Canadian policy it promotes individuals to study a different language so you can be able to have mutual understanding with others. One thing to define being a Canadian is living in a country with two official languages, but doesn’t mean that living in a bilingual city you have to know French and English.
A bilingual country, people or even ethnicity is a benefit to the citizens and society. A research in psychology proves that learning a second language increases reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Canadian children who are bilingual appreciate cultural differences and have the ability to communicate better.
Being bilingual is makes you more open and flexible to critical understanding and appreciating different ways of problem solving and more inspired to becoming involved. The openness of bilingualism is reflected towards society that may direct at the political rank to a better firmness.
Bilingual workers have a greater chance of getting large income benefit over workers who only speak English or French. Bilingual children are said to be able to focus their attention better on relevant information and take no notice of irrelevant distractions.
Another research has exposed that bilingual adults have reduced the effects of aging on the brain. Having a bilingual education is very good because it is said that students achieve greater academic success and are quicker in tasks.
Having a bilingual education provides