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6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

NPR – Anya Kamenetz

“Brains, brains, brains. One thing we’ve learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is really making use of the latest neuroscience findings. But there is one happy nexus where research is meeting practice: bilingual education. “In the last 20 years or so, there’s been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism,” says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Again and again, researchers have found, “bilingualism is an experience that shapes our brain for a lifetime,” in the words of Gigi Luk, an associate professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.”(more)

Critical languages are vital for internationalisation

University World News – Lauren Kardos

The United States needs to encourage more students to take up critical languages. This could benefit individual students, but could also help the US develop a more culturally sensitive and globally minded populace. Study abroad in the United States is promoted to students as a way to obtain international experience, enhance career prospects and grow in the workplace. Especially during these short-term and long-term opportunities, learning a second language is encouraged as a way to become competitive in the global workforce.”(more)

5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person

Travel Mic – Staff Writer

“But second language skills are more than just a cool thing to have. Learning a second language will also make you a better person. As someone who has learned five foreign languages, I can assure you this is true. My old monolingual self was way crappier than my current hexalingual self. Here are five ways learning a second language will make you a better person.”(more)

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report – Natalie Gross

“But research shows dual-language programs may actually enhance students’ learning in English. A multi-year study of students enrolled in two-way dual-language programs in North Carolina between 2007 and 2010, found that low-income black children in these programs scored higher in reading and math than their classmates of the same race and socioeconomic background who were being taught in one language. By fifth grade, these students were reading as well as their monolingual peers in the grade above them, according to the study conducted by George Mason University researchers.”(more)

Learning a foreign language opens up new worlds

The Jacksonville Daily News – Kaylynne Enloe

“Lentz shared the wide range of benefits and opportunities that come with learning multiple languages: When applying for jobs, you have more options; you can compete with people from other countries; you have an advantage over someone who only knows one language; you’re more likely to get hired; you could make more money; and employers want to keep you around since you can translate for other people. “When you learn a new language, you’re not just learning a language, you gain a whole new culture. You open up the possibility to meet new people, make new friends, travel to new places, experiences new adventures, learn new dances, try new food, and change the way you view the world,” she said.”(more)

Chinese immersion programs aim to give students cultural, academic, job advantages

The Arizona Daily Star – Gabriella Vukelic

““One and a half billion people speak Chinese and that number expands with people who can collaborate or speak with others,” said Sheryl Castro, director of Global Citizenship Education at the Catalina Foothills School District, which Sunrise Drive is a part of. “There is a demand for people to speak and read in Chinese.” Learning Chinese can give students an advantage in the job market in the future, she said. Immersion programs taught by Chinese teachers are the fastest and most effective way for a student to learn a language because they are taught at a young age, Castro said.”(more)