Benefits of a Second Language

Les bénéfices d'une seconde langue

It is well known that learning a second language has become increasingly more important in a globalized world, a strategic weapon for companies as well as for career development, and essential for travel, foreign experiences and openness towards other cultures.

But over and above these well-known factors, there are others not to be overlooked, such as:

  • Bilingualism affects the human brain (Thomas Bak; Craik et al.).

    According to scientists, bilingualism affects the development of the human brain. Studies show that learning a language increases cortical mass (Mårtensson et al., 2012) and cognitive connections in humans.

  • Being bilingual forces the brain to use more networks. It expands brain activity by soliciting more brain regions (Tom Schweizer, Neuroscientist).
  • This Cerebral gymnastics forces all kinds of connections and activations to occur, all which are healthy for the brain (Bialystok).
  • Bilingualism has a significant impact on slowing down the progression of Alzheimer's.

    Studies have shown that unilingual individuals develop Alzheimer's four and a half years earlier than those who speak two languages. (Alladi et al; Bialystok).

  • The dual activity in the brains of bilingual people helps improve memory (Francis, 1999).
  • Bilingualism increases cognitive flexibility and improves the ability to multi-task (Gold et al., 2013).
  • Bilingualism increases academic performance (Armstrong and Rogers, 1997).


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