It is not only about finding some good reasons (or many reasons) for learning a foreign language; it is all about the benefits. As Anne Merritt, a Canadian teacher, writer, and editor who has spent over eight years living, teaching, and travelling in Europe and Asia, writes in The Telegraph: “Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.
Below are seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language. Many of these attributes are only apparent in people who speak multiple languages regularly – if you haven’t spoken a foreign tongue since your A levels, your brain might not be reaping these bilingual benefits. However, people who begin language study in their adult lives can still achieve the same levels of fluency as a young learner, and still reap the same mental benefits, too”.
Here is a list of the seven cognitive advantages to learning a foreign language:
1) you become smarter;
2) you build multitasking skills;
3) you stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia;
4) your memory improves;
5) you become more perceptive;
6) your decision-making skills improve;
7) you improve your English.
So… what are you waiting for?
Our Italian courses cater for a wide range of needs. Whether your interest is in travel, study, improved language skills, or in simply the pleasure of sampling the excitement of Italian culture, the Dante Alighieri Society of Canberra is the place to go.
Enrolment in one of our classes ensures you get the best value-for-money course available in Canberra. What’s more, you are taught by native Italian teachers in an authentic and friendly environment of a non-profit, community organisation that has been promoting Italian language and culture in Canberra for more than 60 years.
We currently offer courses catering for five different levels of proficiency: Beginner, Continuing Beginner, Intermediate, Continuing Intermediate and Advanced.
Are you a continuing student? Something special is waiting for you! The DAS Committee, aware of the importance and the contribution made by all its members and students, has agreed to offer a special discount to those continuing students who enrol before Monday 15 January!
Instead of $295 for the term and $560 for the semester, continuing students will pay only $265 for the term and $505 for the semester.