Take the Plunge


Take the plunge: learn a new language!

There are lifelong advantages to learning another language. Five local speakers recently showed you how having more than one language can provide a better start to life, broaden your career prospects and – yes – even give you a healthier old age.

  • Cognitive benefits – for a brighter brain, learn another language and give your brain function a physical workout – you’ll boost your ability to focus, learn and problem solve.
  • Economic benefits – want to add a competitive edge to your career or business? One language is nowhere near enough in today’s global market.
  • Social benefits – multilingualism isn’t just valuable for practical reasons like boosting your career options — it’s great for improving your social life too!
  • Health benefits – Stay sharper for longer with another language. Medical studies have shown learning a second language significantly delays the onset of many brain related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and all other forms of dementia.

Take the Plunge: Learn a New Language was a free public event of the Languages in the Mainstream project held on 1 November, 2017 at the State Library of Western Australia.

Speakers and and presentations:

  • Kate Reitzenstein, MLTAWA President

  • James Heath, UWA Masters of Engineering student

  • Athanassia Iosifidou, English as a Second Language teacher

  • Hon Dr Mike Nahan, Economist, State Treasurer and Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

  • Heather Thorne, Alzheimer WA Educator

Lists of language courses available in Western Australia can be accessed below:

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