Does learning a language make you smarter? (trailer)
Video 1 - What does bilingual mean?
Video 2 - The costs of bilingualism
Video 3 - The benefits of bilingualism
Video 4 - Bilingualism and the brain
Video 5 - The limitations of being bilingual
There are many reasons to learn a language. Cognitive development is often one of the most cited ones. Learning a language is said to improve memory, attention, multitasking performance and mental health. Language learners and teachers can benefit from a deeper understanding of the mental benefits associated with learning a foreign language but this understanding should be based on sound scientific evidence rather than pop psychology. This presentation aims to present a balanced and accessible overview of the latest research published in this area in order to dispel some myths and highlight the real cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language.
About the speaker
Miguel Á. Muñoz (DELTA, M.A. University of Kansas, M.A. UIMP-Instituto Cervantes) has taught English, French and Spanish in Spain, Morocco, Reunion Island and the United States. He currently teaches general English at the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Guadalajara.