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For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language

For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it

The cognitive benefits of multilingualism


One theory on why this might be is that there’s increased psychological distance when speaking a language that isn’t your mother tongue. Researchers in the spending study posited that subjects had less of an emotional reaction to things heard in their second (or third, or fourth) language, perhaps allowing for a more levelheaded decision.

More recently and perhaps most importantly, it’s been found that people who learn a second language, even in adulthood, can better avoid cognitive decline in old age. In fact, when everything else is controlled for, bilinguals who come down with dementia and Alzheimer’s do so about four-and-a-half years later than monolinguals.

 

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From J-Lo to Strictly: why more students are learning Spanish

From J-Lo to Strictly: why more students are learning Spanish | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
Spanish is helping to reverse the decade-long decline in the number of students taking language GCSEs, says Emily Wight
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Its popularity is down to a number of a cultural factors, according to Simon Coffey, course tutor of PGCE French and Spanish at King's College London, who points to Spain's popularity as a family holiday destination. The number of Brits travelling there this year increased by 5.8% on 2013: "We're always asking people why, and the same reasons crop up – the perceived importance of Spanish in the world and also the fact that people go on holiday there and we can't underestimate the importance of that as a factor."

 

Memories of a week in Benidorm with mum and dad don't make Spanish cool – that's down to Shakira. Yes, really. Coffey points to the growing mainstream appeal of American Latino culture that has followed in the footsteps of fast food, hip-hop and Hollywood to become an American cultural export to the UK. "Spanish is cool partly because of the holiday factor in the European sense but also because it's got Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, all the famous Latino singers in the States," he said. "French and German don't have that sort of global appeal because they're not present in youth culture in the same way."

 

Kristina Hardy, a Spanish teacher at Helenswood Academy in East Sussex, agrees. She has noticed that students are attracted to the Latino culture they see on TV. "Students are used to hearing Spanish more in music – like Shakira. They go mad listening to her songs," she said. TV programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, which features traditional Latin American dances such as the paso doble and the tango, have had an influence, she adds.

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Seven reasons why speaking another language is good for you

Seven reasons why speaking another language is good for you | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
IT’S one of life’s truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing.
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IT’S one of life’s truths: Being bilingual or multilingual can only be considered a good thing.


The ability to travel seamlessly in another country; to interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise be able to communicate with; to really understand and immerse yourself in another culture, whether it be your own or another’s; and on the most trivial level, to order off a menu and truly know what you’re ordering.

 

But aside from all these reasons, there is a multitude of research showing how speaking more than one language is also good for your health — particularly, the health of your brain.

 

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Learning a language, or other new endeavor, can help maintain brain function

Learning a language, or other new endeavor, can help maintain brain function | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
By Fred W. Wright Jr.Times CorrespondentPeople who are bilingual have a greater resistance to the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from York University in Toronto.
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The report also said being bilingual may be a weapon against the deterioration seen during aging. The study determined that learning a second language, even later in life, delays the decline of important brain function. A set of cognitive processes known as "the executive control system" — which allows people to think in complex ways and controls the allocation of attention — is enhanced in people who are actively bilingual throughout their lives.

 

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Brain Rules: 12 Things We Know About How The Brain Works

Brain Rules: 12 Things We Know About How The Brain Works | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
If workplaces had nap rooms, multitasking was frowned upon, and meetings were held during walks, we'd be vastly more productive.
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Napping is normal. Ever feel tired in the afternoon? That’s because your brain really wants to take a nap. There’s a battle raging in your head between two armies. Each army is made of legions of brain cells and biochemicals –- one desperately trying to keep you awake, the other desperately trying to force you to sleep. Around 3 p.m., 12 hours after the midpoint of your sleep, all your brain wants to do is nap.

 

So a good idea to follow the Spanish tradition to have a siesta after lunch!

 

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

The NY Times has a tiered subscription. Information included in this article may also be found at http://lifehacker.com/5895128/learning-a-second-language-can-give-your-brain-a-boost


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SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.

 

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The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way

The Best Way to Learn a Foreign Language Is the Opposite of the Usual Way | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
This article is by Katharine B. Nielson, the chief education officer at Voxy, a language-learning company based in New York City. The renowned Mexican author Carlos Fuentes once remarked that America’s monolingualism is a great paradox: We’re the dominant world power, yet also the world’s most linguistically isolated one. The numbers [...]
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Interactive learning materials, with focus on communication has proven to be very effective, and keeps students motivated.

 

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What happens in the brain when you learn a language?

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Scans and neuroscience are helping scientists understand what happens to the brain when you learn a second language
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Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of a growing body of research using brain imaging technologies to better understand the cognitive benefits of language learning. Tools like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electrophysiology, among others, can now tell us not only whether we need knee surgery or have irregularities with our heartbeat, but reveal what is happening in our brains when we hear, understand and produce second languages.

 

The Swedish MRI study showed that learning a foreign language has a visible effect on the brain. Young adult military recruits with a flair for languages learned Arabic, Russian or Dari intensively, while a control group of medical and cognitive science students also studied hard, but not at languages. MRI scans showed specific parts of the brains of the language students developed in size whereas the brain structures of the control group remained unchanged. Equally interesting was that learners whose brains grew in the hippocampus and areas of the cerebral cortex related to language learning had better language skills than other learners for whom the motor region of the cerebral cortex developed more.

In other words, the areas of the brain that grew were linked to how easy the learners found languages, and brain development varied according to performance. As the researchers noted, while it is not completely clear what changes after three months of intensive language study mean for the long term, brain growth sounds promising.

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Language learning: what motivates us?

Language learning: what motivates us? | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science

 

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Both Trenkic and Schumann believe that native English speakers are at a unique disadvantage in trying to learn other languages. The key issue in motivating English-speaking language learners is the prevalence of English as the world's lingua franca, an issue that has been explored and debated by experts for more than a decade.

"We speak natively the language that the world is trying to learn. For us, it's never clear that we need to learn a second language, and if we decide to, it's hard for us to pick which one," Schumann asserts. "It's also very difficult to maintain a conversation with a German if your German isn't good, because they'll quickly switch to English, and they're often more comfortable doing so."

"One of the main reasons there are more successful learners of English than of other languages is that there's more 'material' out there, and it's more socially relevant in the sense that people you know are likely to share your enthusiasm for the material – films and music, for example," Trenkic adds.

Does this mean that all hope is lost for native English speakers learning foreign languages? Not necessarily. Schumann argues that many European states are successful in cultivating bilingual societies because of active societal support and the national-level importance placed on it.

"In countries like Holland and Sweden, the society has realised they have to learn a more international language. They start teaching English very early but with no magic method," Schumann says. "The Dutch put on a lot of television in English with Dutch subtitles. In the entertainment media, they give a preference to English. Nationally, they give their communities a language they can use in the world."

English's role as a global lingua franca might make foreign language acquisition more of an effort, but the motivation – as Schumann puts it – "to get to know, to be with, to interact with and perhaps become like the speakers of [a] target language" remains intact. For English speakers, the focus must be on the cultural and social benefits of learning languages – on the symptoms of integrative motivation, which go beyond employment prospects and good grades

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Costa Tropical Coast of Spain: La Herradura, Almuñecar, Motril and Salobreña

Costa Tropical Coast of Spain: La Herradura, Almuñecar, Motril and Salobreña | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it

The Costa Tropical Tropical Paradise; with beautiful long beaches, no mass tourism and stunning nature. A relatively unknown secret of Spain.

 

The Spanish Language School of La Herradura was founded in 1996, and has skilled and qualified Spanish native teachers. A small and familiair school in a local, Spanish town, that offers programs for the whole family. Children can participate to the activities in town, and it is a great place for water sports lovers.

 

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The Costa Tropical

Tropical Paradise….

Bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean, the county of Costa Tropical-Granada is protected from the cold by the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada, whilst the warm winds from the North of Africa provide the region with a temperate climate, thus giving it both its name ‘Tropical’ and a subtropical microclimate which is unique in the Iberian Peninsula. With an average temperature of 18,5   ̊C and 320 days of sun a year, the holiday of a lifetime is guaranteed while half of Europe is covered with snow.

Located in the South of the province of Granada, it offers visitors direct contact with Nature, with wide open spaces of great beauty and interest such as The Sierras de Tejada, Almijarra and Alhama Natural Park, and the Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo Nature Reserve, which has posidonia or ‘seagrass’ fields of great value growing in the depths of its waters.

 

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The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners - Edudemic

The 12 Must-Have Skills Of Modern Learners - Edudemic | Learn Spanish | Scoop.it
If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you've got some of the skills...
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If you consider yourself a modern learner and take advantage of modern technology in order to improve yourself, then you probably have some or most of these characteristics. If you use technology to bolster your understanding of a particular topic, use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to tackle tough questions, or simply collaborate across networks (online and in-person), then you’ve got some of the skills of modern learners.

 

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