Providing a Bilingual Oasis for Our Brains
One of the great challenges of bilingual education is to provide the right kind of environment for learners to achieve what many people have started to call a “Bilingual Brain” or even better a “Multilingual Brain”.
These are very well explained by modern experts, such as Mia Nacamulli, who has written:
“It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain? Mia Nacamulli details the three types of bilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged.”
Of course, we will let this research to be undertaken by our readers in order to have all the technical explanation of these kinds of brains in full detail. Nevertheless, the important facts of her studies in this field have concluded with the following outcome:
“The Benefits of a Bilingual Brain
- A person who knows two or more languages has a brain that looks, and works differently than the brain of a mono-lingual person.
- Compound Bilingual, Coordinate Bilingual, and subordinate bilinguals may all become fully proficient in a language.
- The left hemisphere of the brain is more dominant in analytical and logical processes, while the right hemisphere of the brain is more active in emotional and social ones (a matter of degree and not a direct split). Lateralization may develop gradually in a process known as brain hemisphericity.
- According to the Critical Period Hypothesis, children may learn a language more proficiently because their brain plasticity allows them to use both hemispheres in language acquisition. While adults typically learn a language by lateralizing it to one hemisphere, usually the left.
Being Multilingual has these advantages:
- Higher density of Grey Matter
- Heightened workout may prevent the development of Alzheimer’s or Dementia by more than 5 years.
- Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex is Strengthened which plays a role in executive function, better Problem Solving, Switching between task, and Focusing while filtering out irrelevant information.
- Brain is More healthy, complex, and actively engaged.”
That is exactly why English educators and instructors need to put all their attention in creating an environment in which these skills may be developed and that will include the presentation of activities that are mainly directed to a generation of students that are iconic and audiovisually oriented in the acquisition of language. Therefore, the tremendous importance of using not only digital material, but audio visual stimulus in order to have them input information that will help them produce output that will make them use the language and produce communication in a true bilingualism, that I sour aim, as English language educators.
Docente: José Mauricio Gamarra Montesinos
Perfil: Mauricio Gamarra es docente de Lingua Idiomas, certificado internacionalmente por Cambridge English y con más de 30 años de experiencia en el área.
Lic. Administración de Empresas (2010)
Certificate of Proficiency in English as a Second Language (1995)
Certificate in Advanced English University of Cambridge CAE (2012)
Teaching Knowlage Test TKT Module 1 (2014)
Docente de Idioma Ingles Lingua Idiomas (2009-2016)