Babies and Learning New Languages: No Super Computer Can Beat Them But Timing Matters

18/10/2017

Read Why babies brains are the ‘best learning machines ever created’

at https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/07/babies-can-learn-a-second-language-in-1-hour-per-day?utm_content=bufferb8892&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Excerpt:
“Science indicates that babies’ brains are the best learning machines ever created, and that infants’ learning is time-sensitive. Their brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age,” says coauthor Patricia Kuhl, codirector of I-LABS and a professor of speech and hearing sciences.
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English and Other Language: Talking “Dog” in 14 Languages

02/10/2017

Have some fun with your heritage language learners!  Find other animal sounds in this Blog.

HOW TO SAY http://foreignlanguagecollective.com/woof-woof-14-languages/?utm_content=buffer7ec0a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


For Language Teachers: “CAN DO” STATEMENT

28/09/2017

ACTFL publication of an interesting interview at http://equator.eftours.com/global-citizenship/language-immersion/can-do-language-learning


Research on the Brain and Language Learning: First language wires brain for later language-learning

23/09/2017

Remember that the development of the first language(s) had direct implications for the acquisition of additional ones.  Downloadable paper at https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2015-12-language-wires-brain-language-learning.html#nRlv


Podcast and Article: Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

18/09/2017

It probably has a lot to do with SES and parent educational background, as well as the availability of L1 communities.  What do you all think?  Read more in Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why? 

at http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/09/15/545629043/research-shows-spanish-speakers-take-longer-to-learn-english-why?sc=tw


Learning a language has a lot of benefits, including making you more tolerant

16/09/2017

We as language professionals already know this but do your colleagues?  If not, share this resource with them:  https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/12/learning-a-language-has-a-lot-of-benefits-including-making-you-more-tolerant?utm_content=bufferf5513&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Is it More difficult for Adults to LEarn a New Language? Not Really

16/09/2017

Each age group has advantages and disadvantages for learning new languages.  Read more about adult learners in the post 6 Ways Learning A Language As An Adult Is Different Than Learning It In School at https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/6-ways-learning-a-language-as-an-adult-is-different-than-learning-it-in-school?bsc=adultlearning-usa&btp=fb&utm_campaign=adultlearning-usa&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=organicpost

The main discussion points, excerpt:

  • Believe it or not, you might have a cognitive advantage
  • You’re actually interested in what you’re learning this time
  • You probably already have a foundation to draw from
  • You can focus on what you want — and need — to know
  • Learning happens on your own time
  • App-based learning has changed the game entirely

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