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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)

Modern languages ‘recovery programme’ urged by MPs

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“All parties should make an election pledge to improve teaching and learning of modern languages in the UK, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Want your bilingual kids to get ahead? Teach them a third language: computer code

SCMP – Chris Lau

“Whether or not they dazzle in final exams, students are expected to be numerate and literate, preferably at least in two languages (English and Chinese for most youngsters here). They may soon have to add a third language if they are to get ahead in the 21st century: code.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Emmanuel Day School to offer Spanish immersion program

Mercer Island Reporter – JOE LIVARCHIK

“Spanish teacher Maria Kearney has seen firsthand the benefits of being bilingual…Kearney said she always thought all preschools should offer immersion for Spanish or any language…“Being bilingual opens up a whole new world,” she said. “It’s the best gift [parents] can give their kids. It opens up a lot of possibilities and opportunities and at that age, why not do it? It is a priceless gift you can’t get later.”” (more)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Dual-Language Programs Grow in Arizona Public Schools

AZ Ed News – Lisa Irish

“In kindergarten, Arizona students learn to spell simple, frequently used words, count by fives and so many other useful skills. At dozens of local neighborhood public schools throughout Arizona, many now also learn a second language through dual-language immersion programs.” (more)