As adults we understand the benefits that being bilingual means. However, children are not able to see the long term benefits, especially when acquiring a second language becomes a struggle.
It is important to note that most authors indicate that a speaker does not have to be fully competent and fluent in both languages in order to be considered bilingual. However, being bilingual refers to having access and using two or more languages on a daily basis (Baker 2006, Martin 2009). In order for children to properly acquire a second language the need to communicate is vital. In British schools where the main language of development tends to be a second language for most students, proficient literacy and language skills will be developed.