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?