America leads the world in many areas, but one of those areas is not language learning. The Summer Institute of Linguistics says that around two-thirds of the world’s children are bilingual. In the United States, though, only 17% of children can speak any other language but English. In fact, in a lot of countries, mandatory foreign language study begins for students by the age of eight. Most American students who study a foreign language don’t start until they are in their junior or senior year of high school!
It may seem like a daunting task to think about teaching your child something like Spanish, or any other foreign language. But there are many options for Continue reading
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You probably don?t remember when you began learning English as your primary language. You were probably so young that you can?t even remember your lessons. If learning English was so easy, then how come it isn?t as easy to learn a second language now? That?s because there is a critical period for learning language. It actually gets much harder to learn the older that you are.
Spanish is a great language to learn as a second language, because it is prevalent in so many countries across the world. It may be difficult for you to learn to fluently speak Spanish, but what about your children or your students? You can take advantage of that critical learning period in early development, when acquiring language skills comes naturally and easy. A child?s capacity to pronounce unfamiliar, foreign sounds and to abs Continue reading
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