The benefits of a bilingual brain

the benefits of a bilingual brain workshop class multimedia english

Level: B2/C1/ C2

Type of English: general english, 

Lesson activities: listening comprehension, vocabulary building, speaking practice. 

Grammar focus: 

Tags: bilingual, language learning, 

It’s obvious that knowing more than one language can make certain things easier — like traveling or watching movies without subtitles. But are there other advantages to having a bilingual (or multilingual) brain?

So, is there a better way to design our cities and make them greener, more sustainable and more people-friendly?

During the 1-hour class your teacher will take notes of your mistakes and make corrections.

These will be emailed to you after the lesson.

It is a good idea to revise the same vocabulary at the start of the next lesson.

Opening Questions:

How many languages do you speak?

Do you think differently in different languages?

Do you behave differently in different languages?

What are the immediate benefits of speaking 2 or more languages?


New Vocabulary Questions:

What does it mean if the government applies taxes across the board?

What does monolingual mean?

What happens if I filter data through a word processor? 

What are you proficient at?

If certain problems were apparent from the beginning, what can you do?

Are you a casual observer of anything?

What is brain imaging technology used for?

Do you have any idea what a neurolinguist is?

If you only get a glimpse at something, like a news report, what happened?

What happens if I split an apple in half?

Take a guess at what lateralization means? 

What is another word for plasticity?

What is an acquisition in business?

What is a holistic view of the world?

Did you have a good workout this past weekend?

When did you have a heightened workout at the gym?

What is a flaw?


Watch the Video:

Task: Try to remember the 3 principles of the concept

Listening Comprehension Questions:

How is language ability typically measured, actively and passively?

What is a balanced bilingual?

Can you remember the 3 types of bilingual? Which type are you?

What is the left brain more dominant in? (answer below)

What does the Critical Period Hypothesis state about children learning languages? (answer below)

What are the benefits of being bilingual?



New Vocabulary Practice:

When we use new vocabulary in a different context It helps to memorize. 


Grammar Focus:

Answering questions with the 2nd conditional:


Solution and definitions:

3 Types of Bilingual

Compound – develop 2 linguistic codes at the same time 

Coordinate – learning 2 sets of concepts 

Subordinate – learn a 2nd language by filtering it through a primary language. 

Brain Imaging Technology 

How specific aspects of language learning affect the bilingual brain. 

Left Brain

dominant in analytical and logical processes

Right Brian

more active in emotional and social processes

Critical Period Hypothesis

Children learn languages more easily because the plasticity of developing brains let’s them use both hemispheres in language acquisition

Benefits of being bilingual

  • higher density of grey matter 
  • more activity in certian brain regions 
  • can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia by 5 years 


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