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Bilingualism – gymnastics for the brain

//14/11/21
The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) in Washington is planning to move part of its investigations to Spain. The Institute have been carrying out research into the informal process which children develop in order to learn various languages at the same time. Its co-founders, Patricia Khul and Andrew Meltzofr, have been in touch with the Community of Madrid and the Ministry of Education about expanding their investigations to schools in the first stage of Infant education (from 0 to 3 years). Khul and Meltzofr have described how the brain of a person who speaks two languages is much more agile and flexible, and when faced with complex situations it can find better solutions.

I-LABS has presented its findings to Congress in the United States and say that its conclusions will serve to address the widespread fear that a pupil who grows up between two languages can damage their mother tongue and their learning in other subjects.

In a separate North American study, Viorica Marian from Northwestern University has concluded that bilingual children can block out background noise in a class more easily and so are able to better focus on the lesson. You can read the full article here.

World animal day

//20/09/29
Use the activities and ideas on the World Animal Day website to celebrate World Animal Day (4 October) with your learners. The ideas are for learners of all ages and focus on raising their awareness of the importance of animals in the world, of their needs and of how looking after them well can benefit us all. Which activities will best suit your learners? (Image taken from the worldanimalday.org.uk website)

Animal community lessons

//20/09/29
Use these lesson plans from rootsandshoots.org to do animal community projects focusing on animal shelters with your learners and help them celebrate World Animal Day (4 October). The site (created by the scientist Jane Goodall) promotes empowering young people to build a better future in their communities.  On pages 3 and 4 there are plans for lower primary, primary and secondary learners. How much will they learn about animals in their community and animal shelters? (Image taken from rootsandshoots.org website)
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