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The Benefits of Multilingualism for Young Children

Gabrielle Kotkov


There are great benefits to being able to speak multiple languages, especially mother tongue and heritage languages that are passed down through families. Contrary to popular belief, multiple languages don’t confuse young children or cause language delays; instead, there are many benefits – including developmental, social, and emotional benefits – to being able to speak more than one language. In this presentation, we will explore some of the many benefits of multilingualism for young children, as well as debunk some myths about language learning and development. We’ll also discuss ways to support multiple language acquisition in young children from a Montessori perspective!


Gabrielle Kotkov

Gabrielle Kotkov is the creator of the Multilingual Montessori website and Instagram and host of the Multilingual Montessori Podcast. She is an AMI- trained 3-6 Montessori Guide and a native of New York City. She trained at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, England, and has worked in Montessori schools in New York, London, and Austin, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Italian from Vassar College and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate from Teachers College Columbia University. She is a Fulbright Grant Alumni, during which she spent a year teaching English to Italian high schoolers in Catania, Sicily. Gabrielle is fluent in English and Italian, and also speaks French and a bit of Spanish. She currently works as a Montessori mentor and consultant and is earning a Masters in Child Studies from Linköping University in Sweden.

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