The Penn State Center for Language Science is home to the first U.S. chapter of Bilingualism Matters, an international organization dedicated to sharing bilingualism research findings with the public. Bilingualism Matters@Penn State recently launched a newsletter that shares recent research findings, language learning tips and event listings.
Forgetting unimportant or outdated information is an active neurological process, and the mere act of trying to forget something makes it harder to eventually recall that fact later, according to Penn State researchers.
Speaking two or more languages makes minds more open to learning and more flexible, and a $5 million dollar grant over five years from the National Science Foundation's Partnerships in International Research and Education aims to translate the science of language learning for education and the classroom.
Adding to the discussion on bilingualism in the United States, the Penn State Center for Language Science is hosting a showing of the documentary “Speaking in Tongues" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, in 127 Moore Building.
Understanding how different levels of readers comprehend science texts is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State psychology and education researchers by the National Science Foundation.
While 56 to 99 percent of people in European nations are functionally bilingual, only around 20 percent of Americans can make the same claim. Karen Miller, director of Penn State's Language Acquisition Lab, says that if we increase our commitment to language education, more of our citizens would be able to reap the benefits it provides.
A public forum about the importance of bilingualism and a discussion on language learning for people of all ages will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Schlow Centre Region Library's Downsbrough Community Room.
Penn State’s Center for Language Science will become the first U.S. chapter of Bilingualism Matters, a Center of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The organization serves as an important bridge between outstanding research on bilingualism and successful applications on the ground for parents, teachers, and policy makers. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, Dr. Antonella Sorace, the founder and director of Bilingualism Matters, will visit the Center for Language Science to conduct outreach training with the faculty and students. One session will take place from 10 am-12 pm and a second session from 2-4 pm, both in 127 Moore Building, on Penn State’s University Park campus. On Friday, Dec. 12, Dr. Sorace will give a public lecture at 9 a.m., also in 127 Moore Building. The public is welcome to attend all events.