Dr. Natalie Tran was recently interviewed by the Orange County Register to speak on why bilingualism matters. Dr. Tran shared that bilinguals experience various benefits. This includes enhanced communication and an edge in the job market. In addition, bilinguals tend to exhibit enhanced cognitive skills and experience better educational outcomes. She also shared how to raise bilingual kids at home. Drawing from her own experience, she recommended for parents to be intentional about which language they choose to speak at home and to seek resources (e.g. books, organizations) to introduce the language. Read more about here.
Dr. Tran is an associate professor for our department and is the director of the National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL).