Busting myths: the real benefits of learning languages

Details: Language learning is the new elixir, making you healthier, wealthier and, if you believe the hype, more attractive! Well, it’s always tempting to believe in magic! There are clear and real advantages from learning other languages – both spoken language and sign languages – and developing or maintaining bilingual and multilingual capabilities. Yet, there is also a good deal of public misunderstanding about how multilingualism benefits individuals and societies and why. In this session, Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, Professor Bencie Woll, Director of the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre University College London and Bernardette Holmes MBE, Director of Speak to the Future will take a realistic look at the bilingual advantage, drawing on and connecting recent scientific and policy research fields. Find out more about the effects of having more than one language.