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Learning a Second Language May Depend on How your Brain Talks to Itself

Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute explore why learning a second language is easier for some people Learning a second language is easier for some adults than others, and innate differences in how the various parts of the brain “talk” to one another may help explain why, according to a new study led by Chai Xiaoqian and Denise Klein, researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, The Neuro at McGill University.  The study was published January 20 in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Published on : 20 Jan 2016

The Next Page: Immigration and Professional Transitions: Language Integration

Language is important for any newcomer, particularly for those who wish to enter the job market. Communicating in the local language can help you through every step in the process: expanding your professional network, catching the attention of potential employers, and clinching a job interview. These two successful Montreal newcomers have followed that advice. Read more on The Next Page, the School of Continuing Studies' newsletter.

Published on : 09 Dec 2015

LEARN: Music to his Ears

Masashi Usui has over 18 years of experience playing the saxophone. Yet when he applied to the Master of Music program at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, he was told that he needed to improve his English in order to be admitted. Read more on The Next Page, the School of Continuing Studies' newsletter.

Published on : 03 Aug 2015

The Next Page: Natalie Zhayvoronok: A Better Career, and a Better Future

Natalie Zhayvoronok had a double-major in Translation and Education when she arrived in Montreal from her native Ukraine in the summer of 2010. She was planning to continue her career as an ESL teacher, but instead discovered that she couldn’t simply pick up where she left off. Read more on The Next Page, the School of Continuing Studies' newsletter.

Published on : 12 Jun 2015

FINDING "LOST" LANGUAGES IN THE BRAIN

 Study has far-reaching implications for unconscious role of infant experiences on adult development An infant’s mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, (as can happen in cases of international adoption) according to a new joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the “lost” language remain in the brain.

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Published on : 17 Nov 2014

Learning a new language alters brain development

Scientists at The Neuro find important time factor in second-language acquisition The age at which children learn a second language can have a significant bearing on the structure of their adult brain, according to a new joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro at McGill University and Oxford University. The majority of people in the world learn to speak more than one language during their lifetime. Many do so with great proficiency particularly if the languages are learned simultaneously or from early in development.

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Published on : 29 Aug 2013

Join us at our inaugural symposium on Music and Language, with a focus this year on Development

Registration is now open for the CRBLM Inaugural Symposium on Music and Language, to be held in Montréal, Canada on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday May 4th 2013. A brief conference program is included below.  Full details about the conference and registration information are available at www.crblm.ca/symposium/registration  

Published on : 03 Apr 2013