Good Manners and Right Conduct – A Benefit of Bilingualism

As a student, having good manners and right conduct in school is important. The relationship between language and their behavior and conduct during their early school years is important. All students started with a similar level of internal and external behaviors during preschool. As students get older, fluent bilingual students show the least behavioral and conduct problems by fifth grade and their growth rate of problems regarding behavior is slower than monolinguals. On the other hand, American students who only speak English demonstrate the most behavioral and conduct problems by fifth grade and their growth rate of problems regarding behavior is faster than fluent bilinguals. Overall, bilingualism provides students with emotional and behavioral benefits. Bilingualism, creativity, and academic success have a strong relationship. Moreover, there is correlation between an individual’s creativity and how fluent he or she for both languages. Bilingualism can indirectly reflect one’s multicultural experiences. Bilingualism helps a student to be more creative and this study further enhances its importance. Being creative is connected to academic success because with experiences from two cultures, a student can solve a problem or look at the bigger picture of a question in multiple ways. Being creative is a technique to uniquely solve problems, a way to find answers using an uncommon path. All in all, bilingualism is a great way to increase one’s creativity and academic success.

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