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1 A plea for bilinguality Natalie Hanssen University International Club (UIC) AU 30 January 2013

2 Research shows: Bilingual brain looks different in brain scan Bilingual children understand that language is just a collection of agreements (UvT) Bilingual Children know more about language in general and therefor learn foreign languages easier (their whole life) Learn to read quicker Richer expression (durun)

3 Wait – difference between simultanously or successively learning languages (though not that big)

4 More general advantages Bigger working memory and more focus – Switch, surpress, filter, noise reduction – Attention and reaction speed (experiment) (Bialystok) Effect on alzheimer’s – Filtering and switching provides cognitive reserves

5 Disadvantages Speaking might come later Interference – passes usually Bored in school, less attention, worse grades (Bialystok) Slightly smaller vocabulary in both languages

6 The plea. Or: the practice Well, of course they speak more languages! Cognitive advantages (flip back)

7 Meanwhile in Europe In bilingual countries such as Belgium or Switserland it is more common to be bilingual – ‘Immersion’ education Belgium. Good or bad? – (VUB fmri) Not school- but home language suffers! – More focus on home language for foreign children! (advise in NL or DK is usually opposite) No proof! – Especially important for less educated parents – Also: teachers more positive about ‘higher status’language

8 Try this at home! Only native speaker can properly teach (otherwise, better find a school) OPOL-model

9 The end

10 List of references Ellen Bialystok, Canadian psychologist, Nadia Eversteijn, Universiteit van Tilburg (Holland), Peter Indefrey, researcher at F.C. Donders Centrum voor Cognitieve Neuro-Imaging, Nijmegen, Holland Katrien Mondt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Saskia Visser, language expert, Groningse Wetenschapswinkel


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