Español Y El Cerebro

By: Coral Wood

Second language Acquisition

  • Second Language Acquisition or SLA is the process of learning a new language
  • Studies show that children 12 and under learn a native language with ease, while older learners have a difficult time reaching fluency
  • Eric Lenneberg came up with a theory that a new language is better to learn between the age of two and puberty

Benefits of a Younger Learner

  • Learning at a young age makes you more likely to acquire a native like accent and pronunciation
  • More likely to develop superior writing, reading, and social skills
  • Creates a natural flexibility and can boost their self-esteem

Benefits of a Older Learner

  • Adults can memorize large content of vocabulary in brief time periods
  • Are able to understand grammar concepts with simple instructions
  • Can use already learned skills and transfer them to a new language

Language Proficiency

  • Able to speak the language with enough structural quality and vocabulary to take part in any type of conversations
  • Able to read any form of the language
  • Knowledge equal to an educated native speaker