In an increasingly connected world, the best-prepared college graduates will be those who can work and communicate with people across the globe. That reality is at the heart of a new Northern Illinois University program that rewards bilingualism with actual college credits. NIU’s “Celebrate Bilingualism” initiative offers up to 12 credits for undergraduate students who can…
Hayv Kahraman was in her fourth grade history class in Baghdad when the question was asked: Is Iraq a democracy or a dictatorship? Not knowing what either word meant, she guessed “dictatorship.” This proved to be the wrong choice, no matt...
Children who are bilingual or exposed regularly to a second language may be more capable of empathy, a new study found.
"Children in multilingual environments routinely have the opportunity to track who speaks which language, who understands which content and who can converse with whom," said Samantha Fan, leader of the research team and a University of Chicago psychology graduate student, according to the Pacific Standard....
Being raised in a multilingual world could mean that the skills used to better focus the brain on more than one task at a time could be how the skill to express empathy is developed, two skills tied into one: focusing effectively on more than one perspective.
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