Published on 20 Jun 2022

Some language schools see enrolment pick up as travel resumes and job prospects abroad grow

The Straits Times, page B4

After most Covid-19 safe management measures were eased in April, some language schools are also enjoying an uptick in business, with more people enrolling to learn Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish, among others.

While learning a new language has obvious benefits, Dr Suzy Styles, assistant professor of psychology at the School of Social Sciences at NTU, says it also helps one's health. "Learning additional languages can be a great activity to keep the mind active when (one is) young, or to keep up cognitive agility in older age," said Dr Styles. "Some scientists also believe in the benefits of lowering the risk of language loss following a stroke, or protecting against cognitive decline in conditions of ageing, such as Alzheimer's," she added.

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