All around the world in colleges and universities, academics are studying the science of language learning and investigating exciting new theories on how our brains achieve, and benefit from, multilingualism. Find out more and meet the Babel Babies team of multilingual ambassadors!
The world has changed a lot in the last decade, and debates over the raising of bilingual and multilingual families are now plentiful on social media channels. Increased awareness and the sharing of thoughts and ideas on the subject is wonderful, but it can also be a challenge to locate reliable information.
There are some unproven ideas that can (frustratingly) be presented as facts on social media accounts, for example the outdated idea that our brains store information in different compartments that eventually fill up, with no space left for new material; so learning more than one language was considered something that our brains struggle to cope with.
In fact, more up-to-date neuroscientific research indicates that the brain stores information in a network or a web, rather than the 'limited resources' or 'chest of drawers' model, and that adding to it only strengthens this network making it more stable. Therefore, learning more than one language actually supports the brain and has many neurological benefits.
Publishing “facts” like the ‘chest of drawers’ theory has a negative impact on parents and teachers who are curious about languages and, in turn, limits the potential for the children in their care.
I am proud to be part of a network of multilingual ambassadors whose work encompasses ground-breaking research in neuroscience and linguistics, international expertise on bilingual education, and long-term commitment to the promotion and science of bilingualism and multilingualism. I love talking about languages with them, and I’m thrilled that they’ve agreed to make up a crack team of Babel Babies language specialists, ready to contribute their scientific and educational expertise to your language journeys.