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Inspiring language learning in the early years
Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12


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Here you can find a collection of articles (and a video) accessible online that cover a range of topics, from the benefits of bilingualism to the importance of giving room to dialects, and more. The number in the brackets indicates the year the article (video) was published.

ECML resources

Benefits of multilingualism and plurilingualism

Multilingual classrooms

Importance of mother tongue

“Bilingual children who speak native language at home have higher intelligence” (2018)
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-08-bilingual-children-native-language-home.html

“If your child is bilingual, learning additional languages later might be easier” (2017)
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-child-bilingual-additional-languages-easier.html

“Learning languages: Why bilingual kids are smarter” (Evidence shows children with more languages score better in cognitive tests) (2018)
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/bilingual-benefits-why-two-tongues-are-better-than-one-1.3433840?mode=amp 

“The joys and benefits of bilingualism” (More than half the world’s population is now bilingual. Now thought to encourage flexibility of mind and empathy, bilingualism is also transforming societies.) (2018)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/21/the-joys-and-benefits-of-bilingualism

“The benefits of speaking more than one language” (2017)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/04/the-benefits-of-speaking-more-than-one-language/

“Speakers of two dialects may share cognitive advantage with speakers of two languages” (2016)
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/speakers-of-two-dialects-may-share-cognitive-advantage-with-speakers-of-two-languages

“Bringing up Babel” (Four-year-old Henry sometimes speaks English like a Dane. But Robert Lane Greene, his father, is convinced that there are cognitive benefits to raising bilingual children.) (2016)
https://www.1843magazine.com/features/bringing-up-babel

“This is why the language you speak can change how you perceive time” (2017)
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/this-is-why-the-language-you-speak-can-change-how-you-perceive-time/

“Why it’s okay for bilingual children to mix languages” (2018)
https://theconversation.com/why-its-okay-for-bilingual-children-to-mix-languages-97448?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton

“Why teachers shouldn’t be afraid of other languages being spoken in the classroom” (2018)
https://theconversation.com/why-teachers-shouldnt-be-afraid-of-other-languages-being-spoken-in-the-classroom-95244?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

“You’re never too old to become fluent in a foreign language” (2018)
http://theconversation.com/youre-never-too-old-to-become-fluent-in-a-foreign-language-96293

“Mother tongue: the lost inheritance of diaspora” (Derek Owusu talks about what it means not to speak the language of your ancestors) (2017)
https://mediadiversified.org/2017/11/13/mother-tongue-the-lost-inheritance-of-diaspora/

“Johnson: Different tongues, common homes” (The only way to ease the conflict between languages is to encourage, celebrate and teach multilingualism) (2014)
https://www.economist.com/prospero/2014/04/02/johnson-different-tongues-common-homes

“Even if you’ve forgotten the language you spoke as a child, it still stays with you” (2017)
https://qz.com/1155289/even-if-youve-forgotten-the-language-you-spoke-as-a-child-it-still-stays-with-you/

“Scots dialects 'as good as a second language’” (2017)
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41844216

VIDEO “How language learning deepens connection” (2018)
http://termcoord.eu/2018/03/video-fix-how-language-learning-deepens-connection/