Is There a Critical Period for Learning a Foreign Language?

The Myth of Missed Opportunities A popular misconception regarding second-language learning is that there is a window, or critical period, for learning a second language that shuts down around the onset of puberty. In his article, “Is There a ‘Child Advantage’ in Learning Foreign Languages?” Brad Marshall points out the harm this misconception can cause.…

Brain Benefits of Bilingualism

Preventing Dementia Bilingual adults with Alzheimer’s take twice as long to develop symptoms as their monolingual counterparts. The mean age for the first signs of dementia in monolingual adults is 71.4 and for bilingual it is 75.5. Focusing on Tasks Bilingual people display increased concentration on their assignments over their monolingual counterparts. They are more…

More Evidence that Music Lessons May Strengthen the Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that people who have learned to play music–at any point in life, including young childhood–enjoy brain benefits that last a lifetime. Specifically, people who have studied music exhibit strengthened brain connections that can positively impact language abilities. According to lead researcher Dr. Nina Kraus…