Espanol y El Cerebro

Spanish and the Brain

Eric Lenneberg's Theory (1967)

Lenneberg stated that a second language learned between 2 and the puberty ages. He said that lateralization will help transfer the first language qualities into the second language. Lateralization is the left and right hemispheres of the brain working together to comprehend a new skill.

Advantages of older and younger learners:

Older: | Younger:

1. knowledge from first language | 1. more likely to develop accent
2. greater control over input | 2. less to learn to be proficient
3. strategies ton aid learning

Scientists have proven that the best way to learn a language is to immerse in it

At most, it will take 10 years to learn Spanish at an academic level

Some factors that affect second language acquisition

  • access to language
  • age
  • motivation
  • quality of instuction