Below you will find a selection of articles about learning Spanish as a second language. Some of them are hosted here at SpanishTown and some will take you to another site.
The Superior Social Skills of Bilinguals
"For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally demanding activities."
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
"SPEAKING two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age."
Education Nation: The real benefits of being bilingual
"From a very young age, children who are bilingual are using their executive control system and in a way that advances its development," says Dr. Ellen Bialystok ,a cognitive neuroscientist and Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto. The executive control system is, "the basis for every hard thing we do. It helps us pay attention to this and ignore that," says Dr. Bialystok, adding, "It's precisely the system the brain calls on to pay attention to one language over the other."
Voices en Español, a bilingual blog and Spanish podcast
Voices en Español is a place to evangelize the Spanish language. It will be a place with tips on learning the language as well as musings on different topics and interviews with fascinating people from all walks of life in the U.S., Latin America, and, of course, Spain.
Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language?
Raising Bilingual Children
Two or More Languages in Early Childhood: Some General Points and
Annick De Houwer, University of Antwerp and Science Foundation of Flanders, Belgium
Ten Common Fallacies About Bilingual Education
James Crawford, Washington, DC
Spanish for Spanish Speakers: Developing Dual Language Proficiency
Joy Kreeft Peyton, Vickie W. Lewelling, & Paula Winke, ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics
Guidelines for Starting an Elementary School Foreign Language Program
Marcia Rosenbusch, National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center
Learning a Second Language Improves the First
A recent review of literature on second language learning conducted by the Univeristy of Calgary concludes that exposure to a second language can actually enhance a person's ability in their first language in addition to improving other skills such as attitude toward others and mathematics.