Bilingualism

Benefits of a Bilingual Brain


Why It’s Smart to Be Bilingual

by: Casey Schwartz

In this Newsweek article, research suggests that high level use of more than one language greatly improves the brain’s executive function in children as young as 3 or 4 years old. The executive function includes many of the brain’s primary activities like controlling impulses and emotions, flexible thinking, developing your working memory, planning and prioritizing tasks, just to name a few. The key point is that in order for these benefits to be truly realized, both languages need to be used on a regular basis, such as a school environment. Click here to read more of the research.


Learning a Foreign Language

by: Marisa Cohen

Parents Magazine presents an interesting poll in which 57% of parents indicated that “speaking a foreign language was the most critical skill for their child to develop for the future.” With an increasing need to speak more than one language, it is surprising that “only 15% of public elementary schools in the Unites States teach a foreign language.” There are numerous benefits to speaking two languages. The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology found that toddlers as young as 24 months’ old has already developed superior cognitive skills. Click here to learn more.  

 

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
by: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

 

Bilingual Education Can Start Preschoolers on Path to Success 
by: Lisa Intrabartola

The National Institute for Early Education at the Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education has conducted many studies into the benefits of dual language immersion programs especially with regards to preschool aged children. “That period is considered the critical period where the ear is  more in tune to certain sounds. That allows them to learn language as quickly as they do,” Figueras-Daniel said. “It makes sense in pre-school is because 3- and 4-year-olds have not mastered English. They are still experimenting with grammar and the structure of language and are learning new vocabulary every day.” Click here for more about this research.

 

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Press Articles:

  1. “Le bilinguisme précoce, rempart contre le racisme” (in French) – French Morning (March 2015)
  2. “The “R” spot in the brain of multilingual people” (in English and French) – LFNY Magazine (Fall 2014)
  3. “Les bébés bilingues connaissent la grammaire dès 7 mois” (in French) – Le Point (February 2013)
  4. “Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language” – New York Times (October 2011)
  5. “The Bilingual Advantage” – New York Times (May 2011)
  6. “Bilingual babies cue in to languages” – Science News  – Subscribers only (February 2011)
  7. “The linguistic Genius of babies” – Patricia Kuhl – TED Talks (Octobre 2010)
  8. “The neural advantage of speaking two languages” – Scientific American Mind (January 2010)

Books:

  1. “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature” by Steven Spinker, 2008
  2. “The Infinite Gift: How Children Learn and Unlearn the Languages of the World” by Charles Yang, 2006

 

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