Bilingual News Round-up

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Happy 2016!

We have compiled the latest in bilingual news to keep you informed.

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 Scientist find long lasting changes in the brain in babies and toddlers that learn a new language after having learned the first.  These changes in the brain persist even if one of the languages is forgotten later in life.

shutterstock_232099039 A continued debate continues to rage in the scientific community as to whether or not bilingualism provides cognitive benefits.  See the latest article on this topic from Scientific America.  The main arguments are the fact that much of the published research that shows cognitive advantages are not able to be easily replicated and that many papers exist that do not get published show no conclusive benefits.  However, these arguments do not touch on many other positive benefits of bilingualism.  Click here to read more.

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 We have heard that bilingualism can help stroke victims recover more quickly, but can it also help with epilepsy related memory problems?  A new study from the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and the University of California Irvine seems to suggest so.

shutterstock_130894010One teacher share’s thoughtful advice on how to teach bilingual learners in a recent blog in the Huffington Post.

 Wise Bread’s financial blog highlights 11 ways being bilingual can help your career.

shutterstock_206017312Originally posted last year and recently re-posted on twitter by Psypost, this article highlights a study that found learning a second language as a young child shifts ideas about learning new skills.  Much literature has been published on the importance of focusing on effort and experience over innate abilities. This study suggests that becoming bilingual as a child may actually help children intuitively appreciate this concept better.