Research shows that the benefits of immersion education are far reaching. Among these benefits are higher academic achievement, enhanced problem solving skills and increased cultural awareness. Here, we highlight the latest research on immersion education and bilingualism.


Why, How and When Should My Child Hear a Second Language?

Kathleen Marcos, the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C.

http://www.newsforparents.org/expert_child_learn_second_language.html

Why can Palo Alto grade schoolers read Mandarin better than students in AP Chinese classes?

A Stanford University study finds that elementary students in a Mandarin immersion program “attained a level of linguistic competency comparable with that of nearby high schoolers completing the 4th and 5th level Advanced Placement Mandarin courses.”

https://ed.stanford.edu/news/why-palo-alto-grade-schoolers-read-mandarin-better-students-ap-chinese-classes

Primero hay que aprender esañol. Ranhou Zai Xue Zhongwen

First learn Spanish, then study Chinese, says Op-Ed columnist, Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/opinion/30kristof.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Primero%20Hay%20Que%20Apprender%20Espanol&st=cse

How Bilingualism Affects Children’s Beliefs

A Concordia University study finds that bilingual students are “more likely to understand that it’s what one learns, rather than what one is born with, that makes up a person’s psychological attributes.”

http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2015/01/13/how-bilingualism-affects-childrens-beliefs.html

 

Bilingual Benefits: How Learning Another Language Keeps Your Mind Sharp, No Matter Your Age

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.

http://www.medicaldaily.com/bilingual-benefits-how-learning-another-language-keeps-your-mind-sharp-no-matter-your-310308