At Ekis Montessori, be believe in bilingual. Language creates our first connection to the world. The newborn child that takes a deep breath and cries out is both expressing itself and letting the world know it’s there. During infancy, grammar and vocabulary emerge (in all cultures, if you believe Chomsky’s idea of Universal Grammar) and influence how you engage with the world .
What about people who possess two possible linguistic systems to express an idea or a feeling? For a long time bilingualism was considered negative: The overwhelming opinion was that such an upbringing could cause confusion, especially in small children. Then in 1962, a study from Peal and Lambert that looked at the relationship between intelligence and language fundamentally altered the outlook. More recent studies have even claimed that bilingual people have a stronger “meta-linguistic awareness,” which applies to problem solving in areas outside of language, such as mathematics. In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
The other language which forms part of the bilingual at Ekis Montessori is French. Why do we as a educational institution chose French ?
More than 220 million people speak French on all the five continents. French is a major language of international communication and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. The OIF, an international organisation of French-speaking countries, is made up of 88 member States and governments. France also operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language course for close on a million learners.
In addition, it is projected that by 2025, French will overtake German as the most spoken language in Europe. Speaking French also opens up the cultural door to over two dozen African nations as well, including Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
The ability to speak both French and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using French as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.). France, as the world’s fifth biggest economy, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.
Hence we know some years to come our students will find themselves studying in some of the well-known international universities across the world. This is what orchestrated the idea of teaching French in Ekis Montesori.