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Harvard Professor Gigi Luk to Speak at CMS about Bilingualism
The Parent Education committee is sponsoring a lecture on bilingualism on Monday, December 3, at 6:30pm in the Elementary Gym.
Led by Harvard Assistant Professor of Education, Dr. Gigi Luk, this presentation will first introduce differential behavioral profiles in language and non-language cognition observed in monolingual and bilingual children. The presentation will explore functional and structural neural differences in monolingual and bilingual adults. Implications for education will be discussed in light of the behavioral and neural differences in students with diverse language background.
Gigi Luk's research on the cognitive consequences of bilingualism extends across the lifespan. These cognitive consequences include literacy acquisition in children and executive functions in young and older adults. Dr. Luk obtained her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute at the Baycrest Center in Toronto. She has joined the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011.