News Relating to Early Language Learning
Why kindergarten is a great age to introduce a new language: connections are made easily in a developing brain, students are less self conscious and absorb the language rapidly. This article discusses many interesting points about language learning during the early years.
The benefits of teaching children a foreign language at a young age. At this point in life, it is much easier to acquire a second language so why not start now?
U.S. President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative that would encourage over 1 million children nationwide to learn Mandarin Chinese within the next five years. The effort would boost the number of American students currently learning the language, allowing the United States and China to know more about each other.
Even in the 1950s, IBM acknowledged that to translate just one segment “necessitates two and a half times as many instructions to the computer as are required to simulate the flight of a guided missile.” This article outlines 6 main reasons believed to be prohibiting a total machine takeover of professional human translators. What do you think?
Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.
May 12, 2009: Cornell Chronicle: Learning a second language is good childhood mind medicine, studies find
Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past. In fact, according to studies at the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab (CLAL), children who learn a second language can maintain attention despite outside stimuli better than children who know only one language.
“Small classes are more engaging places for students because they’re able to have a more personal connection with teachers, simply by virtue of the fact that there are fewer kids in the classroom competing for that teacher’s attention.”
There are many studies related to educating our youth with additional languages. In her book, Lynne Cameron describes strategies that drive Foreign Language for Youth to create effective learning environments for our students.
Child development that occurs from birth to adulthood was largely ignored throughout much of history. Children were often viewed simply as small versions of adults and little attention was paid to the many advances in cognitive abilities, language usage, and physical growth that occurs during childhood and adolescence.