Monday 5 November 2012

The Benefits of Bilingualism

In this interesting article from the New York Times entitled "Why Bilinguals are Smarter", Yudhijit Bhattacharjeea, who is a staff writer at Science, discusses the multifaceted benefits of speaking two languages. From early childhood to later years in life, there is growing evidence that language has a powerful and deep impact on learning and cognitive skills development.

Being able to speak more than one language has obvious benefits in today's globalised world. For work, studies and travel it is useful to have knowledge of different language and cultures.

In the past, it was believed that bilinguals tended to show signs of ‘language interference' and that this, in turn, was detrimental to learning and development. However, research has now shown that this ‘interference' is actually beneficial to learning and, according to recent studies which are stated in the article,: "Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter."

Nina Lauder - Oxford Magazine

Click on this link to read the full article: The New York Times Article

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