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Why not bilingual?

Mary Hayden presented in depth on the changing nature of international education at the 2019 ECIS MLIE conference. As the number of schools with an 'international' designation increases, the profile of such schools is changing significantly. Originally created to provide an education for globally mobile families, these schools are now an increasingly in the minority. The new growth in 'international' schools is in the domestic market. These schools differ in one significant way; the language profile. Whilst traditional international schools were composed of students from many places, speaking many languages, the new breed of international schools are home to local students, who mainly share

Is earlier really better for language learning?

Much is made of the mythical sponge-like capacity of babies and children to learn multiple languages. Add this to the on-going quest to prove that bi/multilingualism is the cognitive brain boost that will have our children beating back Harvard and Cambridge, and you have a recipe for stress. I've met children who speak 2 languages at home, are going to school in a third, and are attending language classes to learn a fourth language in their spare time. Some are budding polyglots, some are stressed out and don't have a fully developed language, and some fall in the middle of these extremes. Let's investigate the current state of knowledge, to find out what we really know about age and languag

Is earlier really better for language learning?

Much is made of the mythical sponge-like capacity of babies and children to learn multiple languages. Add this to the on-going quest to prove that bi/multilingualism is the cognitive brain boost that will have our children beating back Harvard and Cambridge, and you have a recipe for stress. I've met children who speak 2 languages at home, are going to school in a third, and are attending language classes to learn a fourth language in their spare time. Some are budding polyglots, some are stressed out and don't have a fully developed language, and some fall in the middle of these extremes. Let's investigate the current state of knowledge, to find out what we really know about age and languag

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