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Friday, August 1, 2014

Gwinnett schools launching foreign language immersion programs

Atlanta Business Chronicle – Dave Williams

“A workforce development program run by the Georgia Department of Education is reaching down into the elementary schools to train the workers of tomorrow. Starting next week, three elementary schools in Gwinnett County will be offering dual foreign language immersion programs.” (more)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bilingual parents: Talking to your child in your native language makes it easier for them to learn English

The Deseret News – Emily Hales

“Parents who worry that speaking their native language at home will disrupt their child’s ability to learn English have nothing to fear.” (more)

Breaking language and digital barriers in bilingual education

E-School – Lisa Driscoll

“Bilingual education models attempt to address the language barrier between English Language Learners (ELL) and native English-speaking students. One school has found that technology can help bridge that gap.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Young kids dive into Spanish

The Grand Island Independent – Conor Dunn

“”La derecha, la derecha! La izquierda, la izquierda!” It’s one of the many songs and dances that Lisa Brown-Olsen teaches the children in her Immersion Ranch Summer Camp, a week-long Spanish class for pre-school and elementary students…Before they hit puberty, children are predisposed to learning a language well because they don’t use their cognitive ability to methodically think out everything they do, Brown-Olsen said.” (more)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brain imaging proves second language learners can process language to nativelike levels

Medical Xpress – Christine Metz Howard

“With enough practice, some learners of a second language can process their new language as well as native speakers, research at the University of Kansas shows.” (more)

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

Psyche Central – By RICK NAUERT PHD

“Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children.” (more)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Learning second language can help delay dementia, says academic, as Royal Holloway launches new language scheme

Health Canal – Staff Writer

“The Languages for All initiative, which is being run by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University, will commence in September, with classes being held on weekday evenings and Wednesday afternoons. Members of the public can choose from a variety of different courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish, with weekly two hour sessions spanning a course of 20 weeks.” (more)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Study: Babies’ brains practice language use

The Yakima Herald – Meeri Kim

“Researchers at the University of Washington are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how babies learn how to speak. They had a group of 7- and 11-month old infants listen to a series of syllables while sitting in a brain scanner. Not only did the auditory areas of their brains light up as expected but so did a region crucial to forming higher-level speech, called Broca’s area.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Being bilingual: Parents see benefit in early language learning

Needham Wicked Local – Jonathan Dame

“…research produced in the last five to 10 years had shown bilingual upbringings to be beneficial for cognitive development. Bilingualism from a young age can boost executive function – skills like planning and self-control – and strengthen linguistic abilities such as understanding metaphors and synonyms…” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Infants Begin Learning Speech Mechanics Long Before Their First Word; Speaking To Them Early Is Key To Language Development

Medical Daily – Anthony Rivas

“Babies are wonderful beings. Sure, they scream and cry uncontrollably, dribble everywhere, and you’re cleaning up after them constantly. But put all that to the side, and what you’re left with is a lovable little thing that always seems to be learning something new — it’s rather impressive, actually.” (more)