Awesome info: Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain at https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/27/brain-atlas-showing-how-words-are-organised-neuroscience?CMP=share_btn_fb
Surprising study Toddlers begin learning rules of reading, writing at very early age, study finds at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170725083620.htm
The news about bilingual brains are mounting due to evolving brain research. There are so many good news such as this one: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2017/07/bilingual_children_excel_at_voice_recognition.html
Read at https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132589-learning-to-read-and-write-rewires-adult-brain-in-six-months/?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#link_time=1495815933. Excerpt:
By the end of the study, the team saw significant changes in the brains of the people who had learned to read and write. These individuals showed an increase in brain activity in the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, which is involved in learning.
Read the NPR article reporting on research 6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/29/497943749/6-potential-brain-benefits-of-bilingual-education?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social. Excerpt:
Jennifer Steele at American University conducted a four-year, randomized trial and found that these dual-language students outperformed their peers in English-reading skills by a full school year’s worth of learning by the end of middle school.
Read more about a study in Being bilingual alters your brain. Here’s how at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/02/how-being-bilingual-rewires-your-brain/?utm_content=buffer4f1ad&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer. Excerpt:
Kroll told Quartz this study is a great example of how being bilingual can improve speakers’ cognitive abilities. “Babies who are listening to two languages [growing up] become attuned to those two languages right away,” said Kroll. “It’s not confusing them or messing them up developmentally—the opposite is true.”
This rewiring doesn’t happen the same way in every bilingual brain—it’s different for each person, just as each person has their own language experience. But Kroll’s research demonstrates that no matter how effortlessly other bilinguals may seem to switch between their two tongues, there’s a lot going on under the hood. That should come as a small relief for anyone attempting to pick up a new language.
Research about the importance of repetition for learning in Repetition a key factor in language learning at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170502084630.htm. Excerpt: The dissertation is available online in this website: https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/178917