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Increasing Learning Rates Among Mexican-American Students

By Tlb
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Study shows as it was confirmed by the Science Daily on their issue just this September 21st that there is a new University of Missouri study that shows that Mexican-American students who identify and practice speaking their native language have higher grades than those who are put in English-only environments in their schools.

But unfortunately, the Mexican-American students are still availing the lowest high school and college graduation rates even id they are now the largest minority, said David Aguayo, a doctoral student in the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education.

“I understand the reasons behind English-only efforts, but the research shows that if we don’t accept the cultural identity of these students in our schools, such as tolerating their native language, Mexican-Americans may not succeed,” added by David Aguayo.

The concerned doctorate actually compared survey results concerning 408 Mexican-American students. He inspected whether the students were born in the U.S. or Mexico; the students’ grade point averages; and the students’ abilities to perform college-related tasks. As a result, he found out that “that those students who embraced their cultural heritage and spoke in their native languages had higher grade point averages than those that only spoke English while in school and at home.”

“It’s a simple correlation, but living and learning within your cultural heritage is a benefit,” Aguayo said. “It could be speaking the language in school, eating certain foods, or interacting with other people who share your heritage. The stress level of being in a new culture will decrease if these students have a support system in school, while they are adjusting to other cultures.”

So if you are currently a bilingual person, it is of your great advantage when you already learn Spanish language beforehand while learning a new language, perhaps English then. For various evidences and written studies posted on blogs and articles, it has been widely proven that students are more competitive when they know more than just one language.

So what are you going to do about it? Learn foreign languages as early as today! A language school of your choice is provided for you, just feel free to browse into our site and you will discover that there are lots of institutions ready to make you bilingual—or even monolingual if you want to!

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