by Jeanette Sakel
A new study in one of the leading journals on language contact shows that bilingual children cope more easily with noisy classrooms, and are hence able to focus on a task despite substantial background noise. The tasks tested were relating to grammar (find a subject of a sentence, etc.).
Now why is this the case? The researchers want to look at this question in more detail, so there’ll be more interesting research into this area soon.
The CUP blog article about the paper is here: http://cup.linguistlist.org/journals/bilingual-children-cope-well-in-noisy-classrooms/
The actual paper can be accessed through the UWE library, where we hold an online subscription to the journal (Bilingualism: Language and Cognition).