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Mr. Paul Holyome Weekly Update - 30/03/2018

30 March 2018

Dear parents,

We have been long advocating and sharing the enormous benefits of our bilingual education model here at BVIS (British Vietnamese International School). I was delighted to read an article published in the Guardian newspaper in the UK supporting our assumptions.

Please read this article here.

The article was produced by a parent and I think you will agree it is a very interesting article and supports many of the things we have been saying here for many years at BVIS.


I have extracted some of the text and findings and listed them below. From our own research and work with professors in bilingual education, this only serves to strengthen our belief that children who are exposed to a true bilingual educational environment will gain huge befits in the long term, both academically, socially and with their mental health.

‘The result is what’s called “enhanced attentional control”, with obvious implications for concentration, memory and so on.’

‘Ellen Bialystok, analysed the medical records of patients diagnosed with dementia and discovered that onset symptoms were diagnosed between three and four years later in bilinguals.’

‘Here, it seemed, was proof of what academic research had been saying for years: that the maintenance of a “home language” may be beneficial for learning the “community language”, that proficiency in that first tongue enables proficiency in the next.’

‘The hypothesis – known also as “linguistic relativism” – surely points to a truth: that the more languages we know, the more agile our conceptual thinking will be.’

We of course see much evidence of this on a daily basis in the school. As the school continues to grow and we see children spending longer in our education system, it is very exciting to know that the children will further increase their benefits from learning in our unique model.

I wish you all a very relaxing weekend.

Paul Holyome