Celebrating World Languages and Cultures
We now have sister schools in Spain and France. Our students have really been enjoying making lots of new friends overseas, and improving their new language skills as well!
Do you speak more than one language! Congrats, because studies show that being able to speak in multiple languages is linked to being smarter! Alice Gillet, who is fluent in English and French, was invited onto DNews to discuss why this is.
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Being bilingual may slow down the brain aging process, says study
"A new study has shown being bilingual is not just a trait that leads to a more well-rounded person, it actually may slow brain aging."
The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual
"We are surrounded by language during nearly every waking moment of our lives."
How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual
"Never mind how well spoken you might be now, you will never again be as adept with languages as the day you were born."
Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'
"Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests."
Speaking two languages benefits the aging brain
"New research reveals that bilingualism has a positive effect on cognition later in life."
The Benefits of Being Bilingual
"Samuel Beckett, born in a suburb of Dublin in 1906, was a native English speaker. However, in 1946 Beckett decided that he would begin writing exclusively in French."
The Consequences of Bilingualism for the Mind and the Brain
"Until recently, research on language processing and its cognitive basis assumed that monolingual speakers were the model subjects of study and that English provided an adequate basis on which universal principles might be generalized."
Tips on Learning a Foreign Language
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The Universal Word
In honor of World Language Week, the World Language Department surveyed WB staff members and compiled a map of where your teachers have traveled around the world! You can find list with each teacher's travels hanging in the cafeteria. So, check out where your teachers have been and be sure to ask about them about these places next week!
Hola, Bonjour, Hallo, こんにちは, γεια...
Come participate in World Language Week starting on Monday, May 19 to Friday, May 23. There are many activities available so stop by and enjoy the festivities!
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Many, many thanks to Mme. Magali BOUTIOT from the French Consulate in Boston who presented an very informational program today to our students on the importance and advantages of developing their second language skills.
Mme. Boutiot encouraged them to continue with their language study, even after they leave WBMSH. She cited a number of French companies present in the US that seek out bilingual job applicants, especially in the engineering and aerospace sectors. as well as a number of US companies that also seek bilingual employees. Also discussed were the number of US government agencies, such as the FBI and CIA, that are constantly looking for bilingual employees and contractors. Further, she emphasized that French is still an essential and viable language in many important multinational organizations and businesses such as the Red Cross, UN, NATO, African Union, European Commission, Doctors Without Borders, World Health Organization, etc.
After her presentation, Mme. Boutiot stayed to have lunch with our French Honors Society members during which they practiced their French to discuss their future goals and ask further questions. We are very grateful to Mme. Boutiot for the passion she shared for learning and the encouragement she offered for students to realize their full potential.
Merci mille fois pour le visite!
French Honor Society would like to thank everyone that donated to our Mardi Gras candy fundraiser. With your generous contributions, we were able to raise over $120, which will go to the Nothing But Nets Campaign to purchase bed nets to help protect 12 families in Africa from malaria.
To learn more about the work Nothing But Nets is doing in Africa, please visit their website: http://nothingbutnets.net/
Enjoy the pictures of our recent trip into Boston to enjoy "tapas" and a live flamenco performance. It was a great evening!!