By CRAIG BROWN

IL TEMPO DI ELMER
Published on Saturday 4 August in The Scotsman


"Children who are bilingual outperform those who only speak one language when it comes to problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to new research in Scotland and Sardinia.

It is believed that benefits are linked to the mental alertness needed to switch between languages, which could feed into aptitudes and skills useful in other areas of thinking.

A study of primary school ­pupils who spoke English or Italian – half of whom also spoke Gaelic or Sardinian respectively – found that the bilingual children were significantly more successful in set tasks..." Read More