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  • November 12, 2014
    Bilingual Benefits: How Learning Another Language Keeps Your Mind Sharp, No Matter Your Age - Medical Daily - "....According to a recent study from Northwestern University, speaking more than one language constantly exercises the brain and makes it more prepared to take on other brain-challenging tasks." Read More

  • October 17, 2014
    For a Better Brain, Learn Another Language - The Atlantic - "....Multi-linguals tend to score better on standardized tests, especially in math, reading, and vocabulary; they are better at remembering lists or sequences, likely from learning grammatical rules and vocabulary; they are more perceptive to their surroundings and therefore better at focusing in on important information while weeding out misleading information..." Read More

  • July 15, 2014
    The Benefits of Failing at French - The New York Times - "....After a year of struggling with the language, I retook the cognitive assessment, and the results shocked me. My scores had skyrocketed, placing me above average in seven of 10 categories, and average in the other three. My verbal memory score leapt from the bottom half to the 88th — the 88th! — percentile and my visual memory test shot from the bottom 5th percentile to the 50th. Studying a language had been like drinking from a mental fountain of youth." Read More

  • July 2, 2014
    Can all parents raise their children as bilingual speakers? - Ground Report - Thanks to recent studies on the relationship between bilingualism and cognition, we now know that learning a second language does benefit our brains in such ways that it pay off later in life. We also know that bilingual children usually perform better at school than the monolinguals with respect to their baseline results. Read More

  • June 29, 2014
    Bilingualism boosts the brain at all ages - CBC News - Mounting evidence suggests that learning more than one language benefits the aging brain. Read More

  • June 28, 2014
    States Are Recognizing And Rewarding Students Who Have Bilingual Skills - Fox News - When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from her high school in western Oregon state this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. Read More

  • June 17, 2014
    Bilingual is better - Fiji Times - 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. - Read More

  • June 2, 2014
    Does bilingualism influence cognitive aging? - Annals of Neurology - Recent studies suggest that bilingualism improves later-life cognition and delays the onset of dementia. Read More

  • April 1, 2014
    Ten amazing facts about bilingualism - Bilingual Parenting - ...brain scans reveal a greater density of grey matter in areas of the brain associated with language processing in people who learned a second language under the age of five. Read More

  • March 21, 2014
    Want To Know The Language Of The Future? The Data Suggests It Could Be...French - Forbes - "....the data suggests that French language just might be the language of the future." Read More

  • July 18, 2013
    How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual - Time Magazine

  • June, 2013
    How to Create a Language Learning Mindset - Language Magazine - In an increasingly globalized world, the U.S. is at an ever-increasing disadvantage due to the lack of foreign language skills among Americans. Read more

  • April 23, 2013
    Understanding How the Brain Speaks Two Languages - Time Magazine - The mind of the polyglot is a very particular thing, and scientists are only beginning to look closely at how acquiring a second language influences learning, behavior and the very structure of the brain itself. Read more

  • January, 2013
    Babies Learn Language Basics While Still in Womb - Medical Daily - Babies learn language while still in the womb, a new study has found. Although, previous research said that babies are ready to start learning language by their first month, the new study shows that children begin learning vowels in their native language while still in the womb.

    The new study by Christine Moon, a professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University and colleagues shows that babies, only few hours old, show an interest in foreign words. Read more

  • January, 2013
    Second-Language Learning - District Administration - While education research has long suggested that studying second languages in K12 schools boosts student achievement in other content areas, the current testing emphases on mathematics and reading has placed foreign language instruction relatively low on district priority lists. However, a growing body of research indicates that second-language learning should be bumped up significantly. Read more

  • March, 2012
    Why Bilinguals Are Smarter - New York Times - 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. Read more

  • October, 2011
    International Education Week at French For Fun - The Language Educator - During the week of Nov 15–19, 2010, International Education Week was celebrated at French for Fun Language and Cultural Center, by students, faculty, staff, parents, and grandparents. Students ranging from preschoolers to teenagers embarked on an exhilarating journey across Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and Central and South America. Prior to the celebration week, we started collecting photographs of parents and grandparents of every student at French for Fun. We also created a simple survey requesting the languages that their family members spoke and their country of origin. The response was tremendous and very impressive. To represent the diversity at our Center, our teachers created a world map in the hallway and posted the photographs illustrating our students’ heritage and origins of their parents and grandparents. Read more.

  • October 10, 2011
    Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language - By PERRI KLASS, M.D., The New York Times - As the relatively new science of bilingualism pushes back to the origins of speech and language, scientists are teasing out the earliest differences between brains exposed to one language and brains exposed to two. Read more.

  • August 18, 2011
    STUDY: Learning A Second Language Boosts Toddlers' Brain Function - HuffingtonPost.Com - fyi Living - "...Can learning a second language as a toddler give your child a cognitive edge over kids who wait until high school French class? The authors of a recent study believe the answer is “Oui"..." Read more.

  • August 7, 2011
    Why It’s Smart to Be Bilingual - by Casey Schwartz, The Daily Beast - "...According to several different studies, command of two or more languages bolsters the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as “executive function.” The research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children, and are already evident in kids as young as 3 or 4..." Read more.

  • May 30, 2011
    The Bilingual Advantage - by Claudia Dreifus, NewYorkTimes.Com - "A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms...." Read more by clicking link above...

  • November 17, 2010
    Rep. Judy Chu: American Children Need Bilingual Education - New America Media, Question & Answer, Vivian Po - Why is it important to push early bilingual education on a national level? Click link to read Judy Chu's response.

  • October 22, 2010
    Science Grows on Acquiring New Language - By Sarah D. Sparks - Education Week
    Recent studies on how language learning occurs are beginning to chip away at some long-held notions about second-language acquisition and point to potential learning benefits for students who speak more than one language... Read More >

  • January, 2010
    College Board to Change AP French

  • November, 2009 - LONDON - Reuters Life!
    Does Your Baby Cry in French or German?

  • September, 2009 - New York Times Magazine
    Raising a Bilingual Child

  • July 21, 2009 - By AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard
    Unraveling How Children Become Bilingual So Easily

  • June, 2009 - For Immediate Release:
    French For Fun Receives 2009 Best of Lafayette Award

  • 2009 - ABC News Video
    Bilingual babies may be brainier. How growing up bilingual can boost a baby's brain flexibility.

  • October, 2004
    Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power

  • 1986 - U.S. News & World Report
    Bilingualism: The Accent is on Youth

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