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.