ILEA has identified four key pillars summarizing the benefits and reasoning for studying an international language.  Research continues to indicate the benefits of studying one’s heritage language, mother tongue and/or an additional language.  English language learners that continue to have some classroom time in their first language continuously demonstrate higher efficiency in their learning of English (or French in the Quebec context).  Students studying the language of their heritage feel that their culture and family history are recognized and validated by educational institutions.  Learners taking a new language often demonstrate improved results in all aspects of schooling including presentation skills and clearer English language use.  Language learners are often the most capable of understanding others in intercultural contexts and aid to efforts in social cohesion and diplomacy.  Read ILEA’s 4 Pillars documents for more information – these pillars are what has made ILEA a recognized and valued association in the field of language education.