Study in Italy Reports that Bilingual Infants can…

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1173947
When infants are given the opportunity to simultaneously learn two different regularities of language, bilingual infants learned both, while monolinguals learned only one of them. Hence, bilinguals may acquire two languages in the time in which monolinguals acquire one because they quickly become more flexible learners.

Also summarized in a Spanish newspaper:
http://www.latercera.com/contenido/657_153662_9.shtml

Los niños bilingües son más flexibles en el aprendizaje
Un estudio indica que los bebés de doce meses 'bilingües' son, petencialmente, aprendices más flexibles que los bebés monolingües, cuando se enfrentan a estímulos lingüísticos.

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Professor Claudia Rinaldi is the Chair of the Education Program at Lasell University. Her areas of research are the implementation of the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework in urban settings with English learners, teacher education in bilingual special education, and diversifying the teacher pipeline. Claudia has authored peer-reviewed publications and a book for educators called Practical Ways to Engage All Struggling Readers. She lead and developed a graduate certificate program in Teaching Bilingual Students with Disabilities for general, ESL and special education teachers geared towards applying research-informed practices to the questions and processes of identifying whether it is a language difference or a learning disability. Claudia developed a college mentoring program called Pathways to Teacher Diversity for districts and teacher education programs to partner in identifying and supporting underrepresented high school students interested in teaching careers to successfully access and persist in college. She serves in various boards including the National Center for Learning Disabilities and serves as an expert for Understood.org and the National Center for Intensive Interventions.

Professor Claudia Rinaldi believes that it is critical to prepare teacher leaders who may serve as advocates and allies and who will respond to the belief that all students can learn and succeed beyond barriers like culture, language, disability poverty, and marginalization in our country and globally.

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