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today, a higher percentage of the world population is either bilingual or multilingual. In Mauritius, despite English being the official language, French and Creole are both used for communication. However, since a few years, there has been a growing interest in other languages such as Spanish, German, Mandarin and oriental languages. Learning a second or third language has numerous advantages. Numerous studies have showed that the brain of a bilingual person have more benefits at task-switching capacities than the monolingual brain. In Mauritius, as from the primary level, students start to learn English, French and oriental languages (Urdu, Hindi or Arabic). At the secondary level too, students learn the same languages. However, private centres offering courses in foreign languages like Spanish, German and Mardarin are mushrooming around the island.