Learning new words can be a challenge for any preschooler, but kids who take naps may have an advantage when it comes to developing language skills, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 39 youngsters who were all 3 years old and found those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the.. read more →

Over the last few years, you may have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that bilingualism “sharpens the mind,” while other titles are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence: “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?”. The pendulum swing of the news cycle reflects a real debate.. read more →

Being bilingual has some obvious advantages. Learning more than one language enables new conversations and new experiences. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other.. read more →

Bilingualism is a surprisingly fraught topic of research. For a long time, exciting results have been pouring out of the field, suggesting that bilingual children have a cognitive advantage over monolingual kids. But many of those results haven’t replicated, leaving a confusing picture—and it’s going to take a lot of research to unravel the knot. There are also.. read more →

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 →