- January, 2013
Babies Learn Language Basics While Still in Womb - Medical Daily - Babies learn language while still in the womb, a new study has found. Although, previous research said that babies are ready to start learning language by their first month, the new study shows that children begin learning vowels in their native language while still in the womb.
The new study by Christine Moon, a professor of psychology at Pacific Lutheran University and colleagues shows that babies, only few hours old, show an interest in foreign words. Read more
- January, 2013
Second-Language Learning - District Administration - While education research has long suggested that studying second languages in K12 schools boosts student achievement in other content areas, the current testing emphases on mathematics and reading has placed foreign language instruction relatively low on district priority lists. However, a growing body of research indicates that second-language learning should be bumped up significantly. Read more
- March, 2012
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter - New York Times - SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. Read more
- October, 2011
International Education Week at French For Fun - The Language Educator - During the week of Nov 15–19, 2010, International Education Week was celebrated at French for Fun Language and Cultural Center, by students, faculty, staff, parents, and grandparents. Students ranging from preschoolers to teenagers embarked on an exhilarating journey across Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, and Central and South America. Prior to the celebration week, we started collecting photographs of parents and grandparents of every student at French for Fun. We also created a simple survey requesting the languages that their family members spoke and their country of origin. The response was tremendous and very impressive. To represent the diversity at our Center, our teachers created a world map in the hallway and posted the photographs illustrating our students’ heritage and origins of their parents and grandparents. Read more.
- October 10, 2011
Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language - By PERRI KLASS, M.D., The New York Times - As the relatively new science of bilingualism pushes back to the origins of speech and language, scientists are teasing out the earliest differences between brains exposed to one language and brains exposed to two. Read more.
- August 18, 2011
STUDY: Learning A Second Language Boosts Toddlers' Brain Function - HuffingtonPost.Com - fyi Living - "...Can learning a second language as a toddler give your child a cognitive edge over kids who wait until high school French class? The authors of a recent study believe the answer is “Oui"..." Read more.
- August 7, 2011
Why It’s Smart to Be Bilingual - by Casey Schwartz, The Daily Beast - "...According to several different studies, command of two or more languages bolsters the ability to focus in the face of distraction, decide between competing alternatives, and disregard irrelevant information. These essential skills are grouped together, known in brain terms as “executive function.” The research suggests they develop ahead of time in bilingual children, and are already evident in kids as young as 3 or 4..." Read more.
- May 30, 2011
The Bilingual Advantage - by Claudia Dreifus, NewYorkTimes.Com - "A cognitive neuroscientist, Ellen Bialystok has spent almost 40 years learning about how bilingualism sharpens the mind. Her good news: Among other benefits, the regular use of two languages appears to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms...." Read more by clicking link above...
- November 17, 2010
Rep. Judy Chu: American Children Need Bilingual Education - New America Media, Question & Answer, Vivian Po - Why is it important to push early bilingual education on a national level? Click link to read Judy Chu's response.
- October 22, 2010
Science Grows on Acquiring New Language - By Sarah D. Sparks - Education Week
Recent studies on how language learning occurs are beginning to chip away at some long-held notions about second-language acquisition and point to potential learning benefits for students who speak more than one language... Read More >
- January, 2010
College Board to Change AP French
- November, 2009 - LONDON - Reuters Life!
Does Your Baby Cry in French or German?
- September, 2009 - New York Times Magazine
Raising a Bilingual Child
- July 21, 2009 - By AP Medical Writer Lauran Neergaard
Unraveling How Children Become Bilingual So Easily
- June, 2009 - For Immediate Release:
French For Fun Receives 2009 Best of Lafayette Award
- 2009 - ABC News Video
Bilingual babies may be brainier. How growing up bilingual can boost a baby's brain flexibility.
- October, 2004
Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power
- 1986 - U.S. News & World Report
Bilingualism: The Accent is on Youth