We are so excited to have the opportunity to enhance our speaking and listening skills through our new language laboratory. Here are some of the first students using the lab. They did an amazing job!
Celebrating World Languages and Cultures
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
TestTube Wild Card
The Universal Word
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!
Schedule of Activities:
- Spanish Breakfast before school with free Churros y Chocolate (Hot Chocolate)
- Powerblock Speaker from the Spanish Consulate
- Spanish Consulate Free Luncheon (sign-ups are limited)
- 6PM World Culture Night in the WBMSHS Cafeteria. This is one of the highlights of the week! Enjoy food, music, and different activities such as games, dancing, and drawing lessons from all over the world. Friends and family are welcome to join. Admission is $5 per person.
- Powerblock soccer match between Spanish and French students
- Afterschool French movie in Mr. Mellor´s room
- French Breakfast before school with free pastries and warm beverages
- Afterschool Spanish movie in Ms. Kusiak-Carey´s room
- Cake decorating contest
- Heritage Day: wear your Spanish Honor Society T-shirts, French Honor Society T-shirts, or any clothing that represents your heritage
- Latin Dance class during powerblock (sign-ups in Mrs. Margolis´room)
- Stay tuned for trivia and fun facts over the morning announcements and musical bells during passing periods
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!
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