Does your child ever ask you why they need to know both English and their mother tongue language? Or are you struggling to provide enough support for your child to learn both languages? Understanding why bilingualism is an important skill is helpful in motivating parents and students to work towards fluency in two languages.
In this article, we expound on the benefits of being bilingual, especially in our local context, and hopefully that will spur you to look out for great bilingual educators to support your child in their learning! If you are looking for Primary English Tuition or Secondary Chinese tutors in Singapore, don’t forget to consider our tutors here at Future Academy!
1. Bilingualism is valued in the local education system
Need we say more? To all the pragmatic parents out there: Your child needs to be bilingual to excel in the local education system! At every major exam, both English and the Mother Tongue language is part of the core subjects – so doing poorly in either language will be detrimental to one’s grades.
For those who do well enough, they can also be rewarded with more opportunities and incentives. For example, the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) offered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in some Junior Colleges are for those who have a strong interest and aptitude in both English and Chinese. Singapore citizens taking BSP are also eligible for the BSP scholarship.
If you score at least a B4 in Higher Chinese at the O Levels, you can also be exempt from studying Chinese at the JC level, freeing up your time and attention for other pursuits instead.