Bilingualism Can Help Close Learning Gaps for Immigrant Students

Studies show that the brain does indeed gain cognitive benefits from being bilingual, regardless of one’s socioeconomic status, reported National Journal April 30. And that has potentially significant implications in the United States, where native bilinguals tend to be poorer than the general population. It helps to understand what, exactly, you gain from speaking more than one language. The benefit is quite specific to a very important aspect of our brain’s functioning, says Ellen Bialystok, a cognitive neuroscientist at York University in Toronto who has been examining bilingualism’s effects on the mind for decades. Read full story.