Think twice, speak once: Bilinguals process both languages by Victoria M. Indivero is one of the articles on the benefits of bilingualism. The study conducted by Judith F. Kroll, a distinguished professor, provides some new interesting new views:
1. Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly showing a sign of higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals
2. Switching languages all the time strengthens your mental muscle and the executive function processes in your brain
3. they found evidence that both languages are activated at the same time, even when only speaking one and without the need to be translating between the languages– a skill monolinguals don’t have.
Here is the link to read a summary of the article and an additional link to the study itself
Claudia is the Endowed Joan Wieler Arno 49 Professor at Lasell University. She is currently a full professor of education and chair of the Education Program. Claudia has been a teacher, researcher, consultant, and professor of special education.