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Bilingual people using different approaches in math depending on which language used

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As the labour market speeds up its globalization, the mobility of students continue to increase and migration in general follow on the same path, bilinguality, meaning speaking more than one language on advanced level, will be more and more common. New research from University of Luxembourg shows that calculatory processes in math are directly affected by language. That the students use different approaches to solve more advanced tasks depending on which language they are presented. The research shows that depending on the language used, different brain regions were activated for the same task.The research team led by Dr Amandine Van Rinsveld and Professor Dr Christine Schiltz from the Cognitive Science and Assessment Institute (COSA) at the University of Luxembourg recruited students with Luxembourgish as their mother tongue, and that continued their academic studies in francophone universities in Belgium, mastering both German and French at advanced level. As the borderless mobility, as mentioned above, continue to increase dramatically this linguistic research area requires much more exploration. The research team also concludes: “For the Luxembourg school system, these findings are somewhat groundbreaking, given the well-known fact that, upon moving from primary school to secondary school, the language of instruction for math changes from the primary teaching language (German) to the secondary teaching language (French).” Source: University of Luxemburg

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