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The Bilingual Brain

University of Houston System via Coursera


This course explores the brain bases of bilingualism by discussing literature relevant to differences in age of initial learning, proficiency, and control in the nonverbal, single language and dual-language literature. Participants will learn about the latest research related to how humans learn one or two languages and other cognitive skills.


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Taught by

Arturo Hernandez and



4.1 rating, based on 10 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at Coursera based on 564 ratings

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    Kirill Soloviev

    Kirill Soloviev completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Very interesting and relevant content, although requires a bit of effort to follow from uninitiated people like myself - due to an occasional delve into basic neuroscience. Office hours, where Prof. Hernandez was answering questions from the forums, were a great addition to the course. On the downside, the quizzes were somewhat weak.

    Overall - recommended for everyone who is even remotely interested in how several languages work in your brain.
  • Madeline Noin McDavid completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Prof. Hernandez was a very clear and interesting lecturer and as a bilingual person, it was amazing to get some insight into the neural functioning of how the brain processes language.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a great course. Too bad it was removed from Coursera: I wanted to rewatch a couple of videos. I also bought the book.
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    Daria Rudnik

    Daria Rudnik completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Excellent course for those who want's to learn how two languages live in one brain. Good for language teachers and parents of bilingual children.
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