The Benefits of Being Bilingual

Speaking more than one language is on the rise. So what are the benefits?

The number of bilingual people in the U.S. is at an all-time high. About 64.7 million people ages five and up speak more than one language fluently. In fact, according to the US Census Bureau, by 2050 it’s estimated that one in three people in the U.S. will speak Spanish.

At Dunbar, 12% of our student population are considered English Language Learners (ELL).

The 13 current languages spoken at Dunbar are:

  • Korean 
  • Swahili (East Africa)
  • Spanish
  • Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese 
  • Portuguese 
  • Farsi (Iran)
  • Thai
  • Malayalam (India)
  • Japanese
  • K’iche’ (Guatamala)
  • Russian