To do or not to do: a bilingual education?

In Belgium, bilingualism is generally the norm rather than the exception. Indeed, in Brussels, bilingualism is usually a requirement to get a job. If you're bilingual with some knowledge of English, your chances of landing the job of your dreams are even better.

Having grown up speaking three languages, it was bizarre to learn about some of the preconceived notions and stereotypes monolinguals have about bilingualism.

As part of my English Language course, I’ve been learning about English in contact and the development of pidgin and creole languages. This led to a discussion about bilingualism, and the professor, who is married to a German and raising her kids bilingual, told us about some of the odd beliefs she had encountered.

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