Dual Language SchoolsTechnology, Brain Power, & the Power of Language Learning

02/2019
Author Photo: Kathleen Leos

By: Kathleen Leos

President and CEO of The Global Institute for Language and Literacy Development, LLC, (GILD)
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Language is the key to learning! Language is the key to reading! Language is the key to cognition, stated Dr. Catherine Snow, in 'Time to Act'. Harvard University, (2010). (1)

The basis of learning, comprehension and reading is LANGUAGE! Researchers worldwide agree that language is a foundation on which learning resides. New neuroscience research illustrates that multiple language learning at any age advantages the learner. The ability to problem-solve, multi task, focus attention and prioritize are enhanced by learning multiple languages. The question is, how? What is the most effective way to develop language/s?

K-12 Education is inundated with technology for every purpose imaginable. Tech education marketers hawk the newest program or product promising students will learn math through games, reading through phonics audio downloads and multiple languages by accessing apps which feature kids' language programs on tablets, iPads and TV screens. Advertising is relentless and access is ubiquitous. BUT, does technology enhance multiple language learning?

Recent Education Neuroscience provides key insights into these questions and illuminates deeper foundational aspects of language learning and cognition heretofore unavailable.

Babies are born universal linguists. They acquire specific neural connections for language the last ten weeks of gestation and enter the world hearing every sound in every language spoken. (2)

Continue reading to learn more about Kathleen Leos' research….

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