Transsystemic studies in Law: One eye on the left for the French, the other on the right for the English

Le French side de McGill

“I teach constitutional law in French to first-year students. Roughly half of my students come from outside Quebec, and 40 per cent of them have a mother tongue other than French. Together, we learn a ‘new foreign language – public law,” writes Law professor Johanne Poirier.

First language wires brain for later language-learning

Research

In a paper published recently in Nature Communications, researchers from McGill and the Montreal Neurological Institute describe their discovery that even brief, early exposure to a language influences how the brain processes sounds from a second language later in life. Even when the first language learned is no longer spoken.