Multilingualism has been proven to offer both immediate and long-term cognitive advantages to children. These effects can be seen academically, socially and later in professional life. A recent paper even suggests it may protect against dementia in later life (Albán-González, 2014). There are different ways to expose children to several languages. At Nido we have decided to use the one person one language method, also know as OPOL.
How does it work?
All members of staff at Nido will speak their mother tongue to children. There will always be two adults with each group of children, one native Catalan and one native English speaker. This is the most widely used language system to raise bilingual and multilingual children.
OPOL is a technique based on language immersion. For children who speak neither Catalan or English, this will be a double immersion.
You can read more about immersion by clicking on this link: http://www.carla.umn.edu/immersion/acie/vol1/Feb1998_ImmersTypes.html
For more information about OPAL we suggest reading this article: