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The Benefits Of A Bilingual Brain - Mia Nacamulli !!LINK!!

Brain imaging technology has shown that using more than one language increases activity in both hemispheres of the brain. Practicing use of more than one language keeps both hemispheres engaged and active as we age. In addition to these advantages, multilingual brains show higher density of neurons and synapses, more activity in certain regions, and delayed onset of diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia - by up to 5 years.

The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli

While lingual flexibility doesn't happen overnight, the major cognitive benefits of bilingualism last a lifetime. If you woke up this morning and wondered, "What is a dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and what is its role in executive function?" then this video is for you. If the previous sentence made you want to click away...this video is also for you!

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"Regardless of when you acquire additional languages, being multilingual gives your brain some remarkable advantages. Some of these are even visible, such as higher density of the grey matter that contains most of your brain's neurons and synapses and more activity in certain regions when engaging a second language." - Mia Nacamulli

Mia Nacamulli goes through the importance of having a bilingual brain, while touching on the different types of bilingualism. Bilingualism used to be seen as a disability to students in years passed, but research shows that being bilingual can make your brain be healthier, remain engaged, and complex. It's important for teachers to realize that allowing students to keep their first language while learning a new language can help them out in the long run of life.

Translanguaging is a great tool to use for Emergent bilinguals (EBs) in a content area classroom. Translanguaging is when mutlilingual speakers such as EBs utilize their native languages and target language in an integrated communication system, it other words, they are using their whole language repertoire to communicate. This is a great way for students who are still learning English to use their native language(s) to draw upon conclusions in their content classrooms without having to fall behind because of where their English level is. This allows content to be accessible to the students, and takes the pressure off of learning the content and language skills.

Roberto Guzman taught English as a Foreign Language in Puerto Rico. In this TED Talk, he talks about his journey teaching English and how he decided to break away from teaching English based on strict grammar and changed his way of thinking about how to teach English using authentic examples and materials. Through this video, other English Second Language (ESL) teachers can use his examples and explanations in their own classroom to help emerging bilinguals (EBs) become critical thinkers in English.

Being bilingual offers numerous advantages in a number of situations such as travelling or watching TV series without subtitles. However, did you know that there are other benefits like keeping your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged?

In a recent TED-Ed Original, educator Mia Nacamulli explains that the brain of multilingual individuals not only looks different from those who only communicate in one language, it works differently too.

In 2014, researchers at Northwestern University noted that by deciding when to use which language, multilingual speakers were exercising their brains more than those who only focused on one language.

And in the same way exercise helps keep your body in fighting shape, multilingualism also helps your brain age at a slower rate. Over the past five years, numerous studies have looked at the connection between bilingualism and Alzheimer's, noting that the former seems to delay the latter by as much as five years.

Being multi-lingual gives your brain some remarkable advantages. Some of these are even visible, such as: Higher density of the grey matter that contains most of your brain's neurons and synapses, and more activity in certain regions when engaging a second language. The heightened workout a bilingual brain receives throughout its life can also help delay the onset of diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia by as much as five years.

The idea of major cognitive benefits to bilingualism may seem intuitive now but it would have surprised earlier experts. Before the 1960's, bilingualism was considered a handicap that slowed a child's development by forcing them to spend too much energy distinguishing between languages, a view based largely on flawed studies. And while a more recent study did show that reaction times and errors increased for some bilingual students in cross-language tests, it also showed that the effort and attention needed to switch between languages triggered more activity in, and potentially strengthened, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is the part of the brain that play a large role in executive function, problem solving, switching between tasks, and focusing while filtering out irrelevant information.

So, while bilingualism may not necessarily make you smarter, it does make your brain more healthy, complex and actively engaged. And even if you didn't have the good fortune of learning a second language as a child, it's never too late to do yourself a favor and make the linguistic leap from, "Hello,"to "Hola" to "Bonjour" or "Ni hao," because when it comes to our brains, a little exercise can go a long way.

I believe the main arguments that the author highlighted in this excerpt can be represented and divided into three parts: the redefined idea of bilingualism, the problematic and rather questionable system of bilingual education, and the notion of racialized ideology of languagelessness. 041b061a72


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