Neuroplasticity in the SLA Classroom: Connecting Brain Research to Language Learning

Neuroplasticity research is one of the most exciting areas for me as an education professional.  It opens completely new opportunities and hopes for learners of all ages and backgrounds.  I love it! The brain allows us to be forever learners! Follow this link to read some information about Neuroplasticity research and its implications for the learning of languages.  Read “Neuroplasticity in the SLA Classroom: Connecting Brain Research to Language Learning” at

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Tanzania Culture

Within the borders of Tanzania co-exist approximately 120 ethnic groups speaking languages representing all four major African language groups. These include Khoisan, or “click”speaking hunter-gatherers, Nilotic-speaking pastoralists (such as the Maasai), Cushitic speakers, and Bantu speakers; the latter predominate in terms of population size. The largest ethnic groups include the Sukuma (over three million), and the Chagga, Haya, and Nyamwezi (over one million each). Despite the tremendous cultural and linguistic diversity among Tanzanians, ethnic groups are united by the use of a common language—Swahili—and a sense of national identity. The growing number of refugees (from neighboring Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda in particular) do not appear to have caused serious ethnic tensions, but they have become a serious strain on the economy and the local environment.

Read more:http://www.everyculture.com/Sa-Th/Tanzania.html#ixzz49dbaDxmk

 

The Benefits of Being Bilingual

 

 

  • By CRISTINA COSTANTINI

 

It was once thought that learning a second language too early could inhibit a child’s acquisition of a primary language. However, new research suggests that our brains actually are strengthened by speaking more than one language.

Inspired by wave of YouTube explainer videos over the past couple of years like the Draw My Life series, ASAP Science and RSA Animate among others, I decided to try my (very untrained) hand at this whiteboard explainer game with a video on bilingualism — a subject close to hearts and minds of many Latinos in the U.S. like myself.

Check out our video above and for more on bilingualsim take a look at this infographic byVisual.Ly and the reporting of Yudhijit Bhattacharjee for The New York Times.