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New Framework for Early Multilingual Learners

One-third of the nearly 23 million preschool-age children in the U.S. live with a parent who speaks a language other than English. Despite the size of this population and its distinct linguistic assets and...

Americans Worry Most about their Accents

Study shows Americans are the nationality most concerned about perceptions of their accent and that accents are associated with traits from professionalism to passion! The popular language-learning app Babbel commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct the...
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New National Effort to Address Effective Literacy for Multilingual Learners

Researchers, educators, teachers, administrators, school board members, and advocates with expertise in literacy and the education of English learner/emergent bilingual students have come together to form the National Committee for Effective Literacy (NCEL), with...

Naked Mole Rats Communicate Complexly

Birds, dolphins, and bees are all well-known within the scientific community for their ability to communicate in ways that resemble human language in one manner or another. Now, scientists can add another species to...
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Study Shows Preschool Boosts Graduation Rates

New research shows that attending a Boston public preschool led to positive long-term impacts on educational attainment as attendees were more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college. The short-term effect...

More Evidence that Bilingualism Delays Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

These results contribute to the growing body of evidence showing that bilinguals are more resilient in dealing with neurodegeneration than monolinguals. A new study published in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders provides new evidence that...
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Naps May Boost Early Literacy

The ability to map letters to sounds is considered an important indicator of early literacy skills. Previous research shows that letter sound mappings in kindergarten is...
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Bilingual Infants Prefer Baby Talk

Babies pay more attention to baby talk than regular speech, regardless of which languages they’re used to hearing, according to a study led by Krista Byers-Heinlein, a psychology professor at Concordia University in Montreal,...
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No Downside for Bilingual Kids

A first-of-its kind study in U.S.-born children from Spanish-speaking families has found that minority language exposure does not threaten the acquisition of English by children in the U.S. and that there is no trade-off...

Speak ‘Parentese’—not Baby Talk—to Boost Language Skills

While having full-on conversations with babies can seem bizarre, it actually boost language skills, according to a new study. Unlike traditional ‘baby talk’, which typically includes talking with a different cadence at a higher tone using incorrect...
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