The View from the Classroom Window

Saturday, March 5, 2011

on learning second languages

this came in a recent homeschool e-newsletter:

See a chart on how our ability to learn a foreign language drops drastically as we get older.


The ideal time to learn a foreign language is by age 7 or at least BEFORE puberty.  This TED talk also includes startling research on how babies can and do learn foreign languages and a testament to the openness of children's minds :

http://www.ted.com/talks/patricia_kuhl_the_linguistic_genius_of_babies.html

The chart is 1min.30 sec into the talk.

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