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Being bilingual can delay onset of dementia, but sometimes patients revert to their mother tongue, leaving them isolated. Shutterstock

Bilingualism and dementia: how some patients lose their second language and rediscover their first

Why the lives of bilingual dementia patients can be transformed by finding carers who speak their native language.
Québec Premier Francois Legault, left, exchanges hockey jerseys with Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Queens Park, in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2018. Ford’s recent cuts to francophone services in Ontario haven’t spawned nearly the media outrage that Québec language moves have. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

The English-Canadian media’s selective outrage on bilingualism

To read English-Canadian media, you would think that Québec’s anglophones are under greater threat than the rest of the country's minority language communities. Why the selective outrage?
Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

The true failure of foreign language instruction

Whether it's due to native language loss or unsupported high school curricula, the lack of bilingualism in the US is notable. Why can't more Americans speak another language? How should that change?
Can innovative professional learning communities help to support bilingualism? (Mimi Masson)

How to woo French teachers to stay in Canada’s schools

As Canada's French language teachers flee the profession, online Professional Learning Communities promise to reverse this trend, stimulating creativity, camaraderie and leadership.

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