Bi/Multilingualism at Utrecht
Advantages of multilingualism
10 Superb Psychological Advantages of Learning Another Language - Learning another language can promote brain growth, stave off dementia, boost memory, improve attention and more…
12 Common Myths and Misconceptions about Bilingual Children
34 Unobvious Benefits of Learning a Second Language
6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education
7 redenen om een nieuwe taal te leren – 7 reasons to learn a new language
Being Bilingual: Is Bilingualism An Asset Or A Liability? - Most people today would agree that being bilingual is a desirable skill, and that bilingualism grants a person a clear advantage in life.
Bilingual brains: smarter & faster - Better attention and cognition in children who grow up in bilingual settings
Bilingual people are twice as likely to recover from a stroke, study finds
Bilingualism 'restructures the brain' - There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works.
Bilingualism offers 'huge advantages', claims Cambridge University head - Vice-chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz wants education system to allow children to strive to become as bilingual as they can be
Children exposed to other languages are better at understanding other people - And not only those who are fluent, but those that are simply exposed to another language in their daily lives.
Cognitive ability better among the bilingual
Cognitive benefits of being bilingual - Bilingual children as young as seven months can better adjust to environmental changes, while bilingual seniors can experience less cognitive decline.
Concerns about children becoming bilingual - Five concerns and five ractions by Fred Genesee
Do Bilinguals Have Superior Cognitive Control? - The frequent switching between languages in bilinguals’ brains has led many to ask whether this lifelong exercise also makes bilinguals better at controlling other mental processes, giving them a cognitive edge.
Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?
Drawbacks To Being Bilingual?
Foreign language: what is it worth? - Is learning a foreign language really worth it?
Infographic: benefits of a bilingual brain - Schematic overview of cognitive advantages of bilingualism
Learning a New Language Alters Brain Development - The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain.
Learning other languages could be a way out of the crisis - says EU language and culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.
Meertalige omgeving verruimt je blikveld
Multilingual degree opens up new world - Learning in one’s mother tongue promotes a deep conceptual understanding of a subject.
Snel kunnen wisselen tussen talen maakt nog slimmer
Speaking up for the many benefits of being bilingual - Evidence from Wales
Students in Nebraska who take dual language programs outperform their peers
Ten reasons NOT to raise children bilingually
The benefits of a bilingual brain - Ted talk
The benefits of multilingualism - 25 benefits, with references. Don’t forget to click ‘next page’ (4 pages)!
The Bilingual Advantage: Where Do We Go From Here?
The Brain Benefits of Learning Multiple Languages
Twee talen zijn beter dan één
Tweetalige kinderen hebben beter geheugen
Tweetaligen kunnen combineren van taken op latere leeftijd makkelijker aan
What can a second language do for you? - Recently a survey to find our more about language learning in the UK was conducted. In occasion of European Day of Languages the results are visualised here.
What speaking two languages does to the brain - Bilingualism affects the structure of the brain including both major types of brain tissue – the grey matter and the white matter.
Why we should celebrate bilingualism - Benefits of bilingualism and early immersion
‘Lost’ first languages leave permanent mark on the brain, new study reveals
Alden posityf oer meartalich grutbringen fan bern
Anti-European sentiment 'turning children off learning languages' - Report finds A-level entries for French and German fell by half between 1996 and 2012, with language GCSEs also in decline
Arabic as a foreign language in school in Bergen (Norway) - Norway, Bergen: Hordaland County Council wants to increase the enrollment in language courses. As part of this initiative, it will now offer Arabic as a program at the Amalie Skram Secondary School during school year 2014-15 .
Arabisch, een Europese taal als elke andere - Een Zweedse journaliste van Palestijnse afkomst reisde rond door Europa om in kaart te brengen hoe het er met de Arabische taal voor staat. Het resultaat zal menigeen verbazen…
Asking for help in bilingual matters
Baby brain can learn two languages at the same time. Why?
Bilingual babies. How does a child learn two languages at the same time? - Listen to this interview with Karen Mattock, Sydney.
Bilingual baby brains show increased activity in executive function regions - “Our results underscore the notion that not only are very young children capable of learning multiple languages, but that early childhood is the optimum time for them to begin”
Bilingual Toddler on a Minority Language Holiday - Parent of bilingual toddler asks for advice!
Book on multilingualism: download for free! - Issues in Promoting Multilingualism. Teaching – Learning – Assessment
Born Again in a Second Language - The world reveals itself in a certain manner to the Japanese writer, and in quite another to the one who writes in Finnish.
Can children with language impairments learn two languages?
Certificate for trilingual education in Fryslân - Frisian minister of education Jannewietske de Vries presented the first official trilingual education certificates to a group of pupils who have been in trilingual (Frisian/Dutch/English) secondary education for the past three years.
Concerns about children becoming bilingual - Five concerns and five ractions by Fred Genesee
De oer-Nederlandse traditie van meertaligheid
Discussion about the bilingual brain - We explore how speaking more than one language influences our cognitive capacity. We meet a young Australian family who regularly speak with each other in three or four languages, and it may be that these children are developing distinct cognitive advanta
Dutch tv program on regional languages and dialects - Eight weeks on Monday, from early September 2012. Watch ‘uitzending gemist’ through the link.
Emotion-Related Language Choice Revisited - Bilinguals and how they swear (Polish-English)
Eurobarometer: statistics on Europeans and their languages
Extreme Polyglottery - The Polyglot Gathering in Berlin
FAQs on multilingualism and language learning - Questions and answers about multilingualism in the EU
For those who read Norwegian: Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing) in Oslo
German leaves the classroom - The German language is less and less studied in EU countries. Download the pdf (in German)
German video about growing up with more than one language - In Deutschland ist fast jede sechste Ehe binational. Damit steigt auch die Zahl mehrsprachig erzogener Kinder.
Gumperz' gravy - If “gravy” was said by British women with a rising intonation that was understood as “Would you like some gravy?” Indian and Pakistani women said it with a falling intonation. That came across as, “This is gravy; take it or leave it.”
Haiti: mother tongue for instruction
Hand in hand's schools in Israel: children learn Hebrew and Arabic - Students learn to read and write in both Hebrew and Arabic — and from third grade on, in English, too.
How Important Is Reading For Learning To Speak a Language? Not Very. Here’s Why… - There’s no such thing as a written language
How to learn a foreign language? - 50 practical tips.
In Dutch: Dutch people should speak better German - Duitse bedrijven prefereren Duits boven Engels
Infographic: benefits of learning foreign languages - Visualization of the advatages of learning languages
Interview with Monika Schmid: kritiserer språktesing av asylsøkere - For those who read Norwegian
Kan men zijn moedertaal vergeten? - Radio interview from Belgian radio (in Dutch) about forgetting one’s L1
Kinderen mogen leren rekenen in andere taal - Kinderen op de basisschool kunnen straks reken- of aardrijkskundelessen krijgen in de Engelse, Duitse of Franse taal. De Tweede Kamer is enthousiast over een wetsvoorstel dat dit mogelijk maakt.
La vraie richesse de Manchester, ce sont ses minorités linguistiques - La ville anglaise est la plus polyglotte du monde, du moins parmi celles de taille comparable, estime une étude universitaire.
Language café Utrecht - Learn from each other; improve your skills in other languages
Language teaching: bilingual vs immersion programs - Including the trailer of the film Speaking in Tongues
Le bilingue parfait est extrêmement rare - In French: about perfect bilingualism that is extremely rare.
Learning a foreign language a ‘must’ in Europe, not so in America - Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries.
London by night, from above - This photo shows language diversity in twittering London
Maak einde aan dominantie van het Engels - Een Roemeense intellectueel waarschuwt voor de groeiende voorliefde van Europeanen om Engels te gebruiken als lingua franca en roept op tot bescherming van nationale talen.
Marseille: forbidden to use other languages than French
Melbourne language study reveals a cacophony of diversity
Most Indians Can Speak Multiple Languages . Why?
Multilingual Manchester: website
Myths about raising bilingual children - Ana L. Flores and Roxana A. Soto have a new book out titled “Bilingual is Better.”
Nederland scoort hoog op Engelse taalvaardigheid - Only the Swedes and Danes score higher in English proficiency
Promoting home language use: How do we make a difference?
Protection of minority languages is a human rights obligation, UN expert says
Raising bilingual children – the non-native gone astray? - A personal account by Corey Heller, moderator of multilingualliving.com
Relatief weinig vreemde talen op de basisschool - Relatively few foreign languages at Dutch primary schools
See The World’s Most Spoken Languages In One Eye-Opening Infographic
Should English be the official language of the EU? - German president Joachim Gauck’s cost-cutting proposal has been welcomed – but not by all
Simple ways to learn another language - Which ones do you use/know?
Speech development screening in multilingual children by a non-native speaker - Speakaboo is a tool that allows a speech therapist to screen the speech development of a multilingual child in its mother tongue in only 10 minutes.
Speech therapists: for children with disorders monolingualism is better than bilingualism. Right?
The language of instruction at St Eustatius - English, the language spoken as an L1 by most children, should be used instead of Dutch.
The Most Common Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation Mistakes
The Toolkit Project
The world's most multilingual countries – top ten - Based on Ethnologue’s 2016 rankings – Number of languages spoken as L1
Veeltalig Manchester - Volgens een recent onderzoek worden in Manchester de meeste talen ter wereld gesproken, als we kijken naar steden van vergelijkbare grootte.
Vroeg vreemde talen onderwijs (natuurlijk vooral Engels) in Nederland neemt enorm toe
What You're Really Asking When You Ask 'Where Are You From?' - The loaded question comes with cultural baggage for many immigrants and people of color.
Why “younger” is not always “better” in foreign language learning
A Powerful Way to Inspire a Positive Attitude in Your Bilingual Child
Ability to learn foreign speech reveals in brain activity - Are there ways to predict the success of language learning?
About L1 change
And the award for most obscene title of a peer-reviewed scientific article goes to… - Language preferences for swearing among maximally proficient multilinguals
Babies' brains show that social skills are linked to second language learning
Best languages to speak if you want to infleuence the world
Bilingual families should speak both languages at home - 7 months old and able to distinguish between two languages
Bringing up baby bilingual - Blog from the Economist – German, English and Danish.
Building baby brains with two languages
Can scientists look at our brains and predict whether some of us will make more successful language learners than others?
Chineasy – the easy way to learn Chinese - Does anyone have experience?
Column by Jacomine Nortier about borrowing - Is borrowing a kind of codeswitching?
Column by Jacomine Nortier about codeswitching - Codeswitching is much more than careless mixing: bilinguals know the rules
Column by Jacomine Nortier about language shift and maintenance - Why do some groups rapidly shift to another language while others keep their language for generations?
Column by Jacomine Nortier about maintaining the home language - About the value of language – more than economic
Column by Jacomine Nortier about urban youth - Linguistic practices by urban youth; the emergence of new speech styles
Common parental concerns about raising bilingual children - From www.multilingualliving.com: “Here is a 2006 research study focused on common parental concerns about raising bilingual children. Note that even in 2006 people knew about the brain benefits of bilingualism (we reported about these in Multilingual Livi
Do bilingual children know as many words as monolingual children? - Different facets of life in bilingual children and adults often require different languages.
Does multilingualism cause language delay? - (No!)
Dual immersion - Two languages in one classroom: English and Spanish
Engelse les aan kleuters tast niveau van het Nederlands niet aan
English language learning must go hand in hand with multilingualism (India)
English teenagers worst in Europe at languages
Equality of languages
Ethnic students benefit from bilingual education - Bilingual education programmes in Vietnam
Five ways your school can support multilingualism
For the (happy) few who read Danish: araberdansk! - Straattaal, youth language, Kiezdeutch: this article is about the Danish version.
How accurate is Google Translate?
How many languages is it possible to know?
How to pronounce foreign languages
How your language affects your future - The return of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis?
If Bilingual Is Good, Is Trilingual Better?
Is it possible to become a perfect Bilingual?
Is Language Learning A Subconscious Process?
Kids tune in to new languages - “Recent research into cognitive development shows that starting languages early is really important.”
Klas leert gebarentaal om te kunnen communiceren met dove klasgenoot
Language learning: it should be fun! - How to “Make it fun”
Learn a code-switching variety!
Mandarin Chinese becoming first choice as second language (in Denver) - In Colorado, there are many Ivies — ages 3 to 99 — twisting their tongues and brains around the foreign concepts of Mandarin grammar, tones and characters.
Misunderstandings and 'false friends' between English and ten other languages
Noam Chomsky on Bilingualism - Francois Grosjean reports on an old interview with Noam Chomsky
Parents Mixing Languages has No Impact on Children's Vocabulary Development
Pig Latin - Creativity, secret languages: ‘Löffelsprache’, ‘Verlan’, ‘Jerigonza’ and eight more.
School where all pupils speak English as a second language
Speech perception in bilinguals: is it always nonselective? - Bilingual language production is a dynamic process which can operate in different language activation states depending on a number of factors. Is this also true of language perception?
Study foreign languages while you're on vacation (in a foreign country)!
Switching languages is switching identities?
Teach indigenous languages to avoid the death of cultures - South African linguistic situation: a decline in the number of indigenous language speakers
Teacher cultivates more bilingual education opportunities for children
Teaching in a multicultural multilingual diverse class - When teacher wears her ‘magic scarf’, students know it is time to shift to English.
The Bilingual Advantage: Where Do We Go From Here?
The bilingual brain - Understanding the bilingual brain with the help of neuroimaging techniques
The bilingual brain. Proficiency and age of acquisition of the second language. - Abstract of a new book. Many downloadable articles added.
The mysteries of Bilingualism 1
The Mysteries of Bilingualism 2
Top 10 things you never should say to your bilingual children
Translanguaging - What is Translanguaging? An interview with Ofelia García by François Grosjean
Translanguaging: what does it mean?
Two Languages, One Classroom - Dual Immersion (Spanish/English)
Vroeg vreemdetalenonderwijs gaat niet ten koste van Nederlands
Vrouwen leren tweede taal makkelijker dan mannen
Warum das Englische die Welt beherrscht - English as the world’s most important lingua franca?
Welke scholen geven tweetalig onderwijs? (What schools offer bilingual education?) - Bilingual education in the Netherlands always means Dutch & English!
What bilingualism is not - column by Francois Grosjean
What Does It Mean to Be Dominant in a Language?
What happens to the brain when we learn a new language in a short period of time? Language learning makes the brain grow!
What motivates us to learn foreign languages?
What to Do When Your Bilingual Child Won’t Speak Your Language
When Family Languages are in Conflict
When Sign Language Influences Speech - The case of a manual language influencing a spoken language
Why Should Parents Talk to Their Children in Their Native Language?