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Passive exposure alone can enhance the learning of foreign speech sounds

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Ability to understand and subsequently speak a new language requires the ability to accurately discriminate speech sounds of a given language. When we start to learn a new language the differences between speech sounds can be very difficult to perceive. With enough active practice the ability to discriminate the speech sounds enhances.” (more)

How a second language can boost the brain

Knowable Magazine – Ramin Skibba

“Even when you’re fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It’s common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, use the wrong preposition in English, or lose sight of the connection between the beginning and end of a long German sentence. So — does mastering a second language hone our multitasking skills or merely muddle us up?” (more)

Make bilingual education mandatory

The Clinton News Record – Daniel Caudle

“According to the US Foreign Service Institute, it should take 480 hours of practice to reach basic fluency. Or, if you practised for one hour a day, it would take your 1.3 years to become fluent in French. According to the Peel District School Board, the 2018-2019 school year has 187 instructional days for elementary and secondary students. This number is the average number through the years that students will spend in school in a given year. Taking our average 480 hours to learn a language and dividing by school days in a year, with one hour of language classes a year, it gives us 2.5 years for a student to learn a language.” (more)

Students benefit from learning second language

The Daily Toreador – Adan Rubio

“Whether it be for college requirements, a future career or simply personal interest, there are several reasons individuals may choose to learn another language. Although, choosing this language may be challenging for students.” (more)

Bringing Chinese to Preschoolers

Language Magazine – Lauren Cortinas

“In October 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech at Tsinghua University in Beijing entirely in Mandarin Chinese. While his delivery was not perfect, the speech itself was a nod to what so many business and community leaders already know: Mandarin Chinese, the most widely spoken language in the world, is becoming a critical tool for global leaders and thinkers. Many parents with young children have taken note.” (more)

What is the ideal age for children to learn a foreign language?

The Jakarta Post – Staff Writer

“Children are known to have an easier time adapting to a new language compared to adults. However, studies and experts usually offer different suggestions on the exact age children are best able to learn a foreign language.” (more)