New studies are showing that a multilingual brain is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer.
“Multilingual people, studies show, are better at reasoning, at multitasking, at grasping and reconciling conflicting ideas. They work faster and expend less energy doing so, and as they age, they retain their cognitive faculties longer, delaying the onset of dementia and even full-blown Alzheimer’s disease. A bilingual brain is not necessarily a smarter brain, but it is proving to be a more flexible, more resourceful one.”
TIME article – How the Brain Benefits From Being Bilingual, Jeffrey Kluger
At Panyaden, our students learn two languages – Thai and English, with Early Years and Primary aged students spending 50% of their time learning in English and 50% learning in Thai.
Bilingual learning is proven to not only enhance first language skills and international-mindedness, but also to increase the students ability to think in more complex ways.