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Motivations

OK, You may think you come to YingHua to study Chinese ONLY because your parents have "made you come."

Think again!! (If you can, that is.)

Here are some articles and commentaries that should wake you up. Whom are we learning Chinese really for? OURSELVES. (Hope you are old enou gh to understand what this means.)

Now take charge! And some responsibilities, too. (Stop your mom from nagging you to do the homework from now on!) Some time management skil ls are required.


Chinese language students in Greenwich, Conn.  (Photo: CBS)
 

Chinese: The New French or Spanish

U.S. Kids Learning Chinese

What could possibly pack the classrooms on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in tony Greenwich, Connecticut? Out of the mouths of babes comes the answer, reports CBS News Correspondent Richard Schlesinger. 
CBS Evening News, June 1, 2005
China, as a domestic problem

Listen to this commentary
An economy with blue skies, happy workers, and prosperity for all is just around the corner. That was the picture painted today at President Bush's economic summit in Washington. But there's at least one gathering cloud the gathering hasn't addressed so far. China. Marketplace commentator Robert Reich just got back from a trip to Southeast Asia. He says China's a foreign policy problem with domestic implications. 
Marketplace, December 15, 2004
"The China Price" 

Special Report -- The China Price -- They are the three scariest words in U.S. industry. Cut your price at least 30% or lose your customers. Nearly every manufacturer is vulnerable -- from furniture to networking gear. The result: A massive shift in economic power is under way.
, December 6, 2004
Being Bilingual Boosts Brain Power

Second Language Brain Benefits Start in Childhood, Study Shows
Humans have a unique ability to learn more than one language \x{2014} a skill that is thought to be mediated by functional (rather than structural) plastic changes in the brain. Here we show that learning a second language increases the density of grey matter in the left inferior parietal cortex and that the degree of structural reorganization in this region is modulated by the proficiency attained and the age at acquisition. This relation between grey-matter density and performance may represent a general principle of brain organization.
, October 13, 2004

 

Bilingualism May Keep the Mind Young

Knowing two languages may slow effects of aging on the mind
Previous work has shown that bilingualism is associated with more effective controlled processing in children; the assumption is that the constant management of 2 competing languages enhances executive functions (E. Bialystok, 2001). The present research attempted to determine whether this bilingual advantage persists for adults and whether bilingualism attenuates the negative effects of aging on cognitive control in older adults. Three studies are reported that compared the performance of monolingual and bilingual middle-aged and older adults on the Simon task. Bilingualism was associated with smaller Simon effect costs for both age groups; bilingual participants also responded more rapidly to
conditions that placed greater demands on working memory. In all cases the bilingual advantage was greater for older participants. It appears, therefore, that controlled processing is carried out more effectively by bilinguals and that bilingualism helps to offset age-related losses in certain executive processes. (full paper at Psychology and Aging)
, June 14, 2004
Expert: New 'must learn' language likely to be Mandarin

Share of people who are native English speakers declining
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world faces a future of people speaking more than one language, with English no longer seen as likely to become dominant, a British language expert says in a new analysis.
, March 1, 2004

Mandarin speakers use both sides of their brain

Chinese 'takes more brainpower'

Speaking Chinese may take more brainpower than speaking English, a study suggests.
Researchers in Britain have found that people who speak Mandarin Chinese use both sides of their brain to understand the language.
, June 30, 2003


Prof. Ellen Bialystok

Bilingual Children Understand Written Languages Sooner Than Monolingual Children, Study Finds

Fluency in a Foreign Language Could Help Children Master Reading Faster

Dr. Bialystok said the bilingual individuals' advantages came about because of being forced from an early age to function in two languages. The bilingual activity forces people to keep the two languages separate and the brain develops a mechanism to allow the speaker to block out intrusions from the unwanted language. This ability to compartmentalize and focus on a task (fluid intelligence) carries over to other functions and that's why bilingual individuals remain sharper as they age.
, May 12, 1997