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Latest News: Learning a new language improving health, research shows

ul0022-0472eLearningworld News from Scotland

Learning a second language at any age not only improves skills and cultural understanding. Research from Edinburgh University shows that second language learning also is improving thinking skills and mental agility. The effects can delay brain ageing and offset the initial symptoms of dementia. These findings will hopefully boost more attention to second language learning, e.g. minority languages that all too often is considered of low importance as well as foreign language learning in general. Professor Antonella Sorace, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, says: “We are excited to reflect on Edinburgh’s experiences in bilingualism as an international example of cutting-edge scientific research and public engagement, and to share the current state of research in this area and its relevance for the general public.” Source: Eureka Public Release

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