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Does learning a foreign language make you smarter? What should we teach about how language works?

Venue: Cardiff and online
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Event Date: 03/06/2014 17:30 - 20:30

There are many reasons to learn a language. Cognitive development is often one of the most cited
ones. Learning a language is said to improve memory, attention, multitasking performance and
mental health. Language learners and teachers can benefit from a deeper understanding
of the mental benefits associated with learning a foreign language but this understanding should be
based on sound scientific evidence rather than pop psychology. This presentation aims to present a
balanced and accessible overview of the latest research published in this area in order to dispel
some myths and highlight the real cognitive benefits of learning a foreign language.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages