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Foreign Language? Sí o no?

The Signpost – Samantha Bunderson

“Technology, globalization and less-restricted borders contribute to the blending of culture, leaving few areas of the world untouched. Faced with an increase in international trade and commerce, a growing need for precise communication and the desire to travel, students who take advantage of WSU’s foreign language programs can gain a serious edge in today’s competitive job market. Dr. Craig Bergeson, Professor of Spanish and the Foreign Language Department Chair, said, “Learning another language makes you smarter. It develops the brain in a way that nothing else can.” In other words, learning another language provides the cognitive skills necessary for success in the 21st century. According to Business Insider, “Bilingualism provides benefits beyond the ability to ask for directions. … The brains of polyglots operate differently than those of unilingual folk. Regular use of a second language sharpens many cognitive skills, and it’s even been found to make you appear more attractive.” Business Insider also suggested that people who learn a foreign language improve their attention span, ability to multitask, decision making and memory retention. In addition, polyglots also increase the actual, physical size of their brain.”(more)

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