Children who have had a bilingual start in life are able to solve problems better and faster because their brains are open to new ideas.
A bilingual working population generates more economic growth.
Bilingual children grow into more flexible, culturally inclusive adults.
The Bilingual Future Programme helps children to become bilingual naturally through play at a young age. It recommends daily contact with an additional language at home and at preschool from birth onwards. It focuses on English for children and works with specialist publisher, Yellow house English to provide the creative solution of a course that children choose to use and which delivers the Programme’s goals internationally.
Bilingual Future is a universal programme that gives every child the opportunity to become bilingual.
The Bilingual Future Programme promotes learning an additional language as part of children’s natural daily experience and not as a foreign language.
The Programme is unique because:
The Programme started through an Anglo-Polish initiative in Poland, because parents and teachers were looking for a new approach that would give better results in English teaching.
It now has the support of many dozens of local authorities and hundreds of preschools.
Its goals are to give all children access to bilingualism so that they can become independent, bilingual learners by the age of 10.
The challenge of making all children bilingual with English is the same in many countries so the solution offers the same benefits to all, adapted to local conditions.
The three most important reasons are:
Children’s brains are designed to learn multiple languages easily only from birth to age seven. After that, the language ‘box’ in the brain closes so languages are learnt as logic, not absorbed naturally. Age seven is the beginning of the end for learning language naturally, so it is important to start earlier.
With the Bilingual Future Programme, parents do not need to be able teach. Their role is to share, support and encourage. Many parents learn with their children through the Programme’s ‘You learn, I learn’ approach.
Teachers can lead activities to the level of their English abilities through the four versions of the course materials in the Programme, including teachers who do not speak English.
The Bilingual Future Programme worked with publisher Yellow House English to develop a unique course for children to learn English from birth to the end of preschool called the Universal Preschool Course. It has been prepared in four versions:
The Standard version presents language to pupils for the teacher, so the class teacher’s role is to lead activities that support language learning. There is a PLUS version for qualified English teachers that encourages interactive language use, an Expert version for bilingual schools and an Easy Access version for use by carers of children with learning challenges. This makes the Programme a truly universal learning opportunity for all.
Moreover, the Programme is building a teacher training plan designed to help teachers advance through professional development from the Standard course to the PLUS course, so benefiting teachers and pupils.
Pupils in the Bilingual Future Programme will already know the basics of English sounds, structures, age-matched vocabulary and core communication skills before they go to school. These pupils will learn more vocabulary faster, learn to read in English more easily and so be able to read about topics that interest them sooner. They can access more information in English earlier as become bilingual readers and speakers, saving time and effort for other subjects later on in school.