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MULBA Foundation for Foreign Language Education

<b>Top Three 2017 Goals::</b><p>Increase critical language ability in students.<br>• Offer a safe place to study and grow with peers in foreign language …

Language Learning

Why being bilingual helps keep your brain fit

In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Speaking languages protects against dementia, study finds

Being able to speak another language protects against dementia and other age-related decline in brain power, a new study found.

The Brain

Raising a Truly Bilingual Child

True bilingualism is a relatively rare and a beautiful thing, and by “true,” I mean speaking two languages with the proficiency of a native — something most of us will only dream of as we struggle with learning languages in school and beyond.<p>Highly competent bilingualism is probably more common in …

Parenting

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

This Student Is Tapping An Underused Source for Language Lessons: Refugees

Parlez-vous franglais? More English words officially enter French language

Good news for French-language learners - you'll soon be officially permitted to use a bunch of familiar words while speaking French.<p>France's two main …

French Language

The English language’s domination of the globe may be skewing scientific research

People speak over 6,500 languages worldwide. Some are known to only a very few while others are spoken by billions. One is dominating.<p>Increasingly, the world’s common language is English; speaking, reading and writing it are critical skills for workers in the global economy. For example, this month …

Linguistics

Language barriers still burden science, new study suggests

Today, almost every major scientific journal publishes in English. Are non-English reports falling through the cracks?<p>January 2, 2017 —In today’s …

Language

5 Tricks to Learn a Foreign Language Way Faster

Learning a second language is great for your brain and your business. Here's how to speed up the process.<p>Science shows that learning a second language can help you solve problems more critically, focus more intensely, and even keep your brain sharp as you age. And that's not even mentioning the …

Language Learning

Language-learning apps that you need now

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission.<p>Going on an overseas trip soon? Need to familiarize yourself with a local language?<p>Up your linguistic game with a language-learning app.<p>Say goodbye to feeling like Google Translate is the only …

Language Learning

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Research Says They Should Study 1 of These Foreign Languages

Researchers love studying what happens to kids who study languages. Here are some of the most interesting recent results.<p>Like a majority of Americans, I speak only one language fluently. <i>C'est la vie</i>.<p>Sometimes I pretend to be able to muddle along in <i>franais</i> (middle school and high school), or <i>espaol</i> …

Language Learning

The study of foreign languages shouldn't be ignored

+1<p>It’s often thought that because English is the most prominently spoken language around the world in business, politics and tourism, learning a …

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

© 2010 Enokson, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio<p>Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web …

Language Learning

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

• shares<p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language …

Speaking a second language may change how you see the world

Where did the thief go? You might get a more accurate answer if you ask the question in German. How did she get away? Now you might want to switch to …

America's Foreign Language Deficit

When elementary and secondary schools and colleges around the country open for the fall semester, millions of students will not be studying a foreign language. Not necessarily for lack of interest. They won’t be able to.<p>In a shrinking world this reality constitutes a threat to our national …

Education

How Speaking More Than One Language Changes Your Brain

It may not be too surprising that your brain works differently if you speak more than one language — but it may surprise you to know that being bilingual can actually change how you view the concept of time.<p>A video from Seeker breaks down a recent study that found that if you speak multiple …

The Brain

5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Child Another Language

“What’s the point of teaching your kids a foreign language if they will never become fluent?” I have heard this so many times from parents who think …

Language Learning

Bilinguals Experience Time Differently.

Anne Rothwell, Press Officer at Lancaster University, reports on a new study by linguists Panos Athanasopoulos and Emanuel Bylund, who “have …

Language

5 proven benefits of learning a new language

Learning a new language is good for your brain.<p>The desire to learn a new language is often born of a desire to find a deeper experience abroad.<p>When …

How To Learn Foreign Language Easily And Quickly - {Best Methods}

Studying foreign languages online is really a great task and learning foreign language also makes you compatible to live in an another country too. …

4 Ways To Learn A Foreign Language, According To Science

Chances are that if you’re reading this, English was your first or second language. You spoke English at home and you live in an English-speaking …

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you’re among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language.<p>Learning a new language …

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Jon Bergmann es uno de los pioneros del movimiento Flipped Learning. Jon está liderando la adopción a nivel mundial del aprendizaje inverso …

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

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 …