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The 37,579,787 Spanish-speakers present in 2011 increased by 210 percent since 1980, and those numbers have continued to climb due to the influx of immigrants from Latin countries and in-nation Latino births. That said, as the U.S. Latino population grows, second and third generations of Latinos speak Spanish less and less ...but, some younger Latinos intend to change that.

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Enhanced programming could uplift young immigrants and dual language learners, and uncover cognitive developmental and educational differences among these young pupils and their monolingual counterparts. But, for this to transpire, states must implement early language assessments in early ed programs to offer a clear depiction of the educational experiences of these young learners.

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Bilingual people are more efficient at higher-level brain functions. New research suggests that those who speak two languages likely have the "bilingualism advantage," meaning that they're more efficient at language processing and other tasks.

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When it comes to reality -- life off of the page -- the MIT professor, Pulitzer Prize winner and compulsive reader Junot Díaz still flourishes. Díaz recently shared his thoughts on immigration, activism, advocacy and cultural identity in an email interview with Latin Post; the author's answers are as bold and astounding as one might expect from the frank novelist. "I'm an activist before I'm a writer. That's about as much as I can say without sounding ridiculous," said Díaz, who's been extremely vocal about the "sentencia" and stateless Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

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