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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Language learning by the numbers — and how you can come out on top

USA Today – Amelia Friedman

“Learning a language can advance our careers, our personal lives, our cognition, and our potential to make a positive impact on the world. Here’s why:” (more)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Column: Teaching Spanish a must for schools

The Newark Advocate – Don Haven

“The justification for taxpayer-funded public schools is that they provide our citizens with the knowledge necessary to vote intelligently, earn a living, and to make a positive contribution to society. A tall order, for sure, but one that is vitally necessary for our country to prosper, to remain free, and to reach its potential.” (more)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Young children benefit from foreign language study (Video)

WBAL TV – Megan Pringle

“A growing number of parents are enrolling their young children in classes like Spanish and Mandarin Chinese because studies show it can boost a child’s brain function.” (more)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Achtung baby: the future is bi-lingual

The Age – Julia Proctor

“From Chinese to French, Italian to Japanese, Victoria is on track for every prep to learn a second language from next February.” (more)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

U.S. lacking in foreign language education

The Red and Black – Zach Hawkins

“Learning a foreign language can be one of the most difficult tasks in a person’s life. Whether it be in academia or just for fun, being introduced to a new language can be incredibly daunting for some people.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Best Language for Math

The Wall Street Journal – Sue Shellenbarger

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.” (more)

Learn Spanish or Get Left Behind

TeleSur – Staff Writer

“By 2050 the United States will be the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation, the Cervantes Institute claims in a new report on the current state of the Spanish language.” (more)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Brain imaging study examines second-language learning skills

Domain B – Staff Writer

“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 (KU) shows.” (more)

Thursday, September 11, 2014


The Daily Sabah – Bilal Kalkan

“The ability to speak more than one language is more than just a social advantage. It improves cognitive skills and fights certain mental diseases. While children have a natural inclination when learning a new language, the benefits it has on adults are astounding.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Being Exposed to Two Languages May Increase Cognitive Benefits in Babies

Science World Report – Catherine Griffin

“Being exposed to two languages in infancy may not just be good for learning a second language. It also may help children in the future. Scientists have found that infants exposed to two languages recognized familiar images far faster and paid attention to novel images far more when compared to monolingual infants.” (more)