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Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>Does …

Kids

Learning A Second Language Provides More Benefits Than Being Bilingual, New Studies Show

According studies conducted by the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages, high school students who study a foreign language see an …

Learning

What extracurricular activities do Romanian parents prefer for their children?

Most Romanian parents would choose foreign language courses and personal development classes as extracurricular educational programs for their …

People With Stronger Brain Connections Find It Easier To Learn A 2nd Language

Learning your first language is easy; it’s the second one that can be tricky — for most people, at least. Why is it that some people learn foreign …

Spanish speakers wanted!

A wide variety of jobs and industries desire workers who are fluent in other languages, particularly Spanish in the United States.<p>By Monster Staff | …

The U.S. has not elected a bilingual president in 84 years

The United States has not elected a president fluent in a language other than English in 84 years.<p>And in a field of 11 remaining presidential …

The reason you discriminate against foreign accents starts with what they do to your brain

People around the world are hearing more foreign accents than at any time in human history, as more people move around than ever before.<p>In 2013, an estimated 232 million people (PDF) lived outside the country they’re from, seeking refuge or employment. In the US, 13% of the country’s 316 million …

Say 'what' again! 7 ways for expats to learn new languages

<i>Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savor their songs – Nelson Mandela</i><p>Having moved to the Netherlands just over a year ago, this quote hits close to home. Or at least my new …

Language

How to learn a second language using your iPhone or iPad

Learning a second language is a great life skill to have, and the iPhone is the perfect tool to do itBilingual speakers have better job …

Apple News

Goshen High School students teach summer course at Boys and Girls Club with emphasis on Latino culture

GOSHEN — When Goshen High School student Jose Chiquito, 17, proposed a radical idea that would change the education system here, he was met with the …

High School

Why You Should Consider Bilingual Education

Across the country, more and more schools are implementing dual-language programs, in which students attend an equal number of classes in English and in another language, such as Spanish, Portuguese or Mandarin. Half of the school districts in Utah -- by far the most progressive state when it comes …

Education

Letter: What is value of learning a language?

As a German and French speaker, a former middle and high school language teacher, and a teacher educator at Concordia College who prepares future …

In my view, there are three divergent approaches to language learning, divergent in terms of their emphasis or principal focus. This is true whether …

Learning

Item bank translation: which format should I use?

Just as test developers and publishers store and manage test items securely in item banks, as a translation agency, we also use repositories to store …

New hotness in education: Ebonics for white folks

Back in 1996, the Oakland School Board (personifying Mark Twain’s observation: In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he …

Science Has Good News for People Who Are Bilingual

Dios mío!<p>According to a new study published jointly by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Educational Testing …

Good News

The Costs of English-Only Education

Efforts to teach ELL students in their native languages are gaining traction—and they’re benefitting native English speakers, too.<p>In 1998, Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley millionaire and former gubernatorial candidate, set out to abolish bilingual education in California. Fueled by an anti-immigrant …

Education

The Economic Imperative of Bilingual Education

States including Utah and Montana are aggressively pushing for programs that give native English speakers a competitive edge.<p>Garland Independent School District, a fast-growing suburb northeast of Dallas, has undergone a dramatic demographic shift. Like districts across Texas, Garland schools are …

Education

Being Bilingual Changes the Architecture of Your Brain

I’d been back from studying abroad in Mexico City for a couple of days when I asked my dad, “Can I use the lavadora ?” “The what?” He didn’t speak …

Being bilingual rewires the fundamental structure of your brain

It’s well known that being bilingual has cognitive benefits: switching between two languages has been compared to mental gymnastics. But now, research suggests that mastering two languages can fundamentally alter the structure of your brain, rewiring it to work differently than the brains of those …

Toddlers can learn language without any help from their parents

Parents can help children develop their language. But when it comes to building the linguistic structure that undergirds the language, new research shows that children would rather do it themselves.<p>Perhaps one of the oldest debates in the cognitive sciences focuses on whether children have an …

Three Common Myths About Raising Bilingual Children

By the age of two, children are typically able to say a few hundred words. My son, Alexander, was able to understand almost everything in both …

Cool Stuff

Kids Aren’t Naturally Better At Learning Foreign Languages, They’re Just More Motivated

Except in rare cases, children are usually able to learn languages with greater ease and to a higher proficiency than adults. However, a new study …

Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business

shutterstock.comLanguage skills are often trumpeted as a cornerstone of social integration, allowing citizens to participate fully in their host …

Language

Living the Spanish Language as the Descendant of Afro-Caribbean Migrants in Costa Rica

Offloading bananas in Costa Rica in the early 20th century. It was around this time that migrations for the construction of the Costa Rican railroad …

Costa Rica

A 12-Week Guide to Mastering a Foreign Language

If you're anxious about traveling to a country where you don't speak the language, there's an easy solution to your fears — learn it. Sure you can …

Language

The circumflex: A battle over an accent mark

A controversy brewing in France over a decision to eliminate the circumflex highlights fears about ‘English taking over’. Agnes Poirier takes a closer look.<p>It took France completely by surprise. On 4 February the French learned that a spelling reform – approved in 1990 but never implemented – would …

Grammar

7 Words That Came About from People Getting Them Wrong

People didn't always say "pea" or "newt." These seven words initially started as other words entirely.<p>1. Pea<p>Originally the word was "pease," and it …

The French Are Dumping Their Language

The French just announced that they will make some major changes to their language. This is a major move, quite different from other moves by other countries. You see: the French are not only the great bastion of culture, they are the great bastion of culture because they were the first …

Language