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City of Parramatta Library

Is Bilingualism Good for your Child’s Brain?

Talk Adults

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Hear about the science of language and the influence of bilingualism on brain growth among children with Western Sydney University.

It is common for parents to have some concerns about how their child’s bilingualism might affect their development. In conjunction with Western Sydney University this talk is first in a series brain science programs in this years Science Festival. Dr. Mark Antoniou, Leader of the Speech and Language research program within The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development will present a historical overview of research on bilingual children’s development so that we can understand where common myths and misconceptions come from, and will also review of the current state of scientific knowledge and debates concerning bilingualism.

An expert in bilingualism, Dr Mark will also be answering your questions on the interaction between language learning and cognitive abilities, and the effects of language use on the brain and how your kids or grandkids may be affected.