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Advantages of bilingualism



Giornata di sole, pastelli, 4 anni


What else is bilingualism good for?

To answer this question, I'd invite you to listen to the interview conducted with Dr. Amy Weinberg, University of Maryland.

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Written by Giovanna Wednesday, 29 June 2011 19:07

Bilingualism against Alzheimer


Campo di grano con corvi, da Van Gogh, acrilico, 4 anni

How benefical is bilingualism?

A study published in the journal Neurology seems to show the beneficial effects of bilingualism even on  Alzheimer disease. The study demonstrates that people who grew up bilingual, or at least have used more than one language for most of their life (we speak about "lifelong bilingualism") showed the symptoms of Alzheimer several years later than monolinguals suffering the same disease.

Written by Giovanna Friday, 24 June 2011 09:13

Languages can be forgotten

Pennellate su foglia secca, 3 anni

"We’re sometimes filled with dread at the perspective of a quasi-autistic communal old age. At first our acquired language will desert us bit by bit and our sentence will be studded with blanks: “Could you get me the…? You know, the thing that’s hanging from the… in the….??!!” …Eventually, with French totally erased from our memories, we shall sit in our rocking-chairs from dawn to dusk, nattering incomprehensibly in our respective mother tongues."


 (From Francois Grosjean, Bilingual: Life and Reality, 2010, page 93 et seq.)


Written by Giovanna Friday, 17 June 2011 09:26

The one person-one language principle (Opol)


Bimba, 5 anni


The one person-one language principle (Opol)


You have probably heard about it, according to the OPOL principle it's reccomended to parents wishing to raise their children bilingual a consistent use of the same language (preferably their mother tongue, but not necessarily) with their child. The theory of this method dates back to 1902 when the French linguist Maurice Grammont coined the phrase "une personne, une langue," which was then from the Eighties on used in numerous studies, especially in its English translation, best known today, one person-one language (Opol).

Written by Giovanna Monday, 06 June 2011 09:26

How to praise a child

Vaso di girasoli, da Van Gogh, tempera, 5 anni


Learning from your mistakes

It is widespread belief that praising a child is good for his ego, his self-esteem, and that in general, not only with regard to language learning. But beware, there is praise and praise ...! The tendency is often to praise the child for his/her skills, intelligence, readiness, with the aim to encourage him by this means to do better and better. Well, Dr. Carol Dweck and Dr.Claudia Mueller have examined the issue closely and have come to the conclusion that this specific type of praise is rather counterproductive for the child.

Written by Giovanna Monday, 16 May 2011 10:01

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