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Bilingualism: Consequences for Language, Cognition, Development, and the Brain

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Bilingualism: Consequences for Language, Cognition, Development, and the Brain

Marian, V. , Faroqi-Shah, Y. , Kaushanskaya, M. , Blumenfeld, H. & Sheng, L. (2009, October 13). The ASHA Leader.

Every year, thousands of middle- and upper-class American children study a foreign language for enrichment. These children, their parents, and their teachers are guided by the belief that knowing another language "is good for you." At the same time (and sometimes in the same schools) thousands of other children—usually from immigrant and lower-class backgrounds—are discouraged from and sometimes forbidden to speak their native language. Their families are told that communication in their native languages will prevent them from mastering English and that raising children with more than one language will "confuse" them and have long-lasting, detrimental effects.

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