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Being Bilingual Builds “a More Resilient Brain”

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I previously posted about studies that describe the many benefits of learning a second language (see “Languages Smarten Up Your Brain”). Sharing this kind of information provides a bit more positive reinforcement to English Language Learners in my classes as they struggle mightily to develop fluency.

Now, The Wall Street Journal reports on new research that shows speaking a second language helps mitigate the consequences of dementia.

Now, obviously teenagers have challenges thinking long-term. But sharing this kind of info certainly can’t hurt.

Are you aware of other research that highlights the cognitive benefits of speaking a second language?

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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