In 2016, bilingual education received a spotlight treatment rarely given to a teaching method partly in thanks to Proposition 58. Given the fact that California has one of the most linguistically diverse populations in the United States, the overwhelming decision to restore bilingual education in the state thrust the education of ELLs into the national conversation that will.. read more →

The ability to speak more than one language can enhance brain function, academic performance and business acumen, linguistic experts said at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing Tuesday, making the case for a greater emphasis on multilingual education in American schools. Teaching children in multiple languages can even help them learn English quicker, said Anita Pandey,.. read more →

Conventional wisdom suggests it may well be easier to learn a second language as a child than as an adult. But for adults who do take the linguistic leap, what sort of factors influence how well they acquire another tongue? In a new study published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from.. read more →

Studies show that learning a new language helps improve brain activity. Multiple studies have been conducted on the benefits of studying a second language, according to Berlitz. One study which was published in the Annals of Neurology in 2014 showed that it can slow aging of the brain and even delay the beginnings of dementia. This.. read more →

The intrigue and allure of discovering new parts of the world is one reason many people list travel at the top of their bucket lists. It is also huge draw for career opportunities, especially for millennials entering the workforce seeking adventure and new challenges with global companies. And even for those who don’t seek positions abroad,.. read more →

Researchers are only beginning to understand how a foreign language affects decision-making, with early findings coming in areas such as moral judgment and risk assessment. In a new article in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, scholars from the University of Chicago and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain examine the growing literature on how using a foreign language.. read more →

Before electronic communications became a ubiquitous part of people’s lives, rural villagers created whistled versions of their native languages to speak from hillside to hillside or even house to house. Herodotus mentioned whistled languages in the fourth book of his work The Histories, but until recently linguists had done little research on the sounds and meanings of.. read more →

Exposure to multiple languages may sharpen infants’ music sensitivity in the first year after birth, new research has found. Compared to infants learning one language (monolinguals), those who grow up with more than one language (bilinguals/multilinguals) are more sensitive to the subtle pitch variations in language. To understand whether such sensitivity is specific to language in nature, we further tested monolingual and.. read more →

Contrary to popular belief, language is not limited to speech. In a recent study published in the journal PNAS, Northeastern University Prof. Iris Berent reveals that people also apply the rules of their spoken language to sign language. Language is not simply about hearing sounds or moving our mouths. When our brain is “doing language,” it projects.. read more →

Three Spanish researchers have discovered that bilinguals use different neural networks to read languages that are pronounced as they are written – such as the Basque language – from those in which this correspondence does not exist, like English. The results are valuable for teaching reading to adults and children. A group of experts from the.. read more →