Downloadable classroom poster from Middlebury Interactive Languages.
Researchers discovered that children from multilingual environments are better at interpreting a speaker’s meaning than children who are exposed only to their native tongue. The most novel finding is that the children do not even have to be bilingual themselves; it is the exposure to more than one language that is the key for building effective social communication skills.
New research shows that bilingualism leads to structural changes in the grey matter and white matter of the brain, in response to the increased demands of juggling information between two languages.
- From The Conversation: Keeping actively bilingual makes our brains more efficient at relaying information