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Bilingual toddlers better at solving certain problems

Bilingual toddlers better at solving certain problems | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
By Kathryn Doyle(Reuters Health) – Toddlers who already speak two languages are better than their peers at a particular kind of problem solving that
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Even as an adult, learning a second language changes your brain

Even as an adult, learning a second language changes your brain | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom suggests it may well be easier to learn a second language as a child than as an adult. But for adults who do take the linguistic leap, what sort of factors influence how well they acquire another tongue? In a new study published this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researcher
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Letter: What is value of learning a language?

Letter: What is value of learning a language? | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
As a German and French speaker, a former middle and high school language teacher, and a teacher educator at Concordia College who prepares future world language...
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No value in being monolingual.
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Francois Grosjean - Home

Francois Grosjean - Home | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Francois Grosjean, François Grosjean, Grosjean, psycholinguistics, language processing, bilingualism, biculturalism, sign language, aphasia, applied linguistics, BIMOLA, language processing in aphasics, prosodic structures, second language grammar checking, Life with two languages, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
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The first language you learn hard-wires your brain forever

The first language you learn hard-wires your brain forever | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Canadian researchers have discovered that being briefly exposed to a language early in life influences how an individual's brain deals with another language many years later.
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So, folks, LEARN _any_ language. It stays with you!  Please read.

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Neuroanatomical Evidence in Support of the Bilingual Advantage Theory

Neuroanatomical Evidence in Support of the Bilingual Advantage Theory | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
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Solid, scientific information to ponder...

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Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke - EurekAlert (press release)

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke - EurekAlert (press release) | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Bilingual patients were twice as likely as those who spoke one language to have normal cognitive function after a stroke. Bilingual patients performed better than single language patients on attention, information retrieval and organization.
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And, just in case you don't "the Huff", here's another report about the benefits of speaking multiple languages.

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How Much is Speaking a Foreign Language Worth?

How Much is Speaking a Foreign Language Worth? | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
In the business world, the value of learning (and speaking) a foreign language is seldom quantified.
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A -GREAT- balanced read!  Eye-opening to realities.

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Congress: Bilingualism Is Not a Handicap

Congress: Bilingualism Is Not a Handicap | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
An all-English approach to English-language learning is a "setback for all of us," writes Stanford professor Claude Goldenberg.
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Well-written article.  It shows what happens when the use of more than one language is restricted by bad policies and practices.

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America's Lacking Language Skills

America's Lacking Language Skills | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Budget cuts, low enrollments, and teacher shortages mean the country is falling behind the rest of the world.
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Read it and weep.  This is a well-written article.

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America's Lacking Language Skills

America's Lacking Language Skills | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Budget cuts, low enrollments, and teacher shortages mean the country is falling behind the rest of the world.
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Good read...

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Do you see what I see?

HUMAN beings are not born with the knowledge that others possess minds with different contents. Children develop such a “theory of mind” gradually, and even...
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Excellent article...

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Learning, speaking a second language aids attention and focus

Learning, speaking a second language aids attention and focus | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Researchers in England have identified new cognitive advantages to bilingualism. People who speak two languages are better able to maintain attention and focus.
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People who speak 2 dialects share a cognitive advantage with bilingual people @mashable.com

People who speak 2 dialects share a cognitive advantage with bilingual people @mashable.com | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
via WordLink - There has been a lot of research to back up the idea that people who use two or more languages everydayexperience significant advantages.
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Systematically switching between any two forms of language seems to provide the mind with the extra stimulation.
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The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals

The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Yet another benefit to speaking multiple languages.
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Read it -- superior!!!!
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Multilingualism – the norm in a 21st Century global society - Education & Schools Resources - Cambridge University Press

Multilingualism – the norm in a 21st Century global society - Education & Schools Resources - Cambridge University Press | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it

"we need to embrace multilingualism as the new 'normal’. ...

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Yes!  Read the article, and see if you don't agree!

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Bilingual people twice as likely to recover from a stroke

Bilingual people twice as likely to recover from a stroke | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
40 per cent of bilingual patients regained normal function following a stroke, compared with just 20 per cent of those who spoke only one language
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Even the headline of this article shows the benefits of knowing AT LEAST 2 languages!

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Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery - Huffington Post

Speaking More Than One Language Helps Stroke Recovery - Huffington Post | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Learning a new language is great for your brain.
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Look at all the information we're learning about language learning.  It's healthy, too!

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Why Science's Universal Language Is a Problem for Research

Why Science's Universal Language Is a Problem for Research | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
The vast majority of scientific papers today are published in English. What gets lost when other languages get left out?
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The hegemony of English only in scientific publications -- killing scientific inquiry and global understanding!

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Monolingualism is bad for the economy

Monolingualism is bad for the economy | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
In most countries of immigration, linguistic diversity is by and large ignored by policy makers. If there are language-related policies, they take a deficit view of migrants and their children and ...

Via Shawn Simpson
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Then, why do we put up with monolingualism?

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Wellington.scoop.co.nz » Monolingualism no longer logical – need for new policy on languages

Wellington.scoop.co.nz » Monolingualism no longer logical – need for new policy on languages | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
Scoop Wellington provides news and views from Wellington, New Zealand
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Obviously, other English-speaking nations are seeing the need for multilingualism.

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Multilingual Blog Carnival - Priorities in Language Learning

Multilingual Blog Carnival - Priorities in Language Learning | Say NO to Monolingualism | Scoop.it
I am very honored to be holding this month’s multilingual blog carnival.  We have some great posts on how others from around the world build language learning into their families’ busy lives.

Via Peter Rettig
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A lovely guest blog post...

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:32 PM

Seems like a great idea - it will take some time to read all of the posts, but I'll give it a try...