Information on the benefits of language education
“Benefits of Being Bilingual in the 21st Century”
The ability to speak more than one language is more than just a social advantage. It improves cognitive skills and fights certain mental diseases including dementia. A bilingual brain is more alert, quicker and better able to deal with ambiguities and resolve conflicts. A vast majority of bilinguals are also more successful than monolinguals. Bilingual speakers develop linguistic awareness and can differentiate between the implied and literal meaning of words and phrases because they can think beyond labels and symbols. Bilingual children are able to make new friends and create strong relationships in their second language which is important in increasingly diverse societies. Learning a second language at an early age also has positive effects on intellectual growth and enhances a child's mental, linguistic, and emotional development.
“Bilingual People Are Like Brain 'Bodybuilders'”
Bilingual people have “stronger” brains that can zone out outside noises and concentrate better on tasks. Whereas a monolingual person can do the same, the bilingual brain exhibits higher brain activity because their brains are more “in shape” since they are able to listen and communicate in multiple languages. Thus, bilingual children have a better time concentrating in classrooms and won’t be as easily distracted when others are talking around them.
“Cognitive Benefits of Learning Language”
Studies have shown repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children. Students who are learning a foreign language out-score their non-foreign language learning peers in the verbal and, surprisingly to some, the math sections of standardized tests. Also, knowing other languages and understanding other cultures is a 21st Century skill set for American students as they prepare to live and work in a global society. No matter what career students enter, they will consistently be interacting with others around the world whose native language is not English.
“The Relationship between Music and Language”
Research studies featured in academia magazine, Frontiers of Psychology, support the notion of a strong relationship between linguistics and musical rhythm in songs. This research found that due to the connections of music and language in the brain, music can help people determine phonetic usage and various pitches used in foreign language learning.
“Benefits of Being Bilingual”
“The Benefits of Being Bilingual”
“Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power”
“Brain Imaging Shows the Language of Music”
“The combination of rhythm and pitch can account for the beneficial effect of melodic intonation therapy on connected speech improvements in Broca’s aphasia”
“How Does Being Bilingual Affect Learning?”
“Investigating the relationship of music and language in children: influences of musical training and language impairment” (ABSTRACT only)
“Making Music Boosts Brain's Language Skills”
“Music and early language acquisition”
“Music and speech prosody: a common rhythm”
“Musical Expertise and Second Language Learning”
“Musical training helps language processing, studies show”