Espanol y El Cerebro

Spanish Development

Language Development

At 3 years old, a child is able to know that they are learning a language. It is proven that a child can learn a language faster than a teen or young adult. At 18 years old, an adult is more aware of their environment, rather than a younger child's.

Brain Development and Lateralization

  • Lateralization is when each side of the brain develops its own specialized functions.
  • Lateralization is completed by puberty.
  • For a younger child they are more likely to develop a native-like accent.
  • For a adult they can consciously use strategies to aid their learning.
  • An adult also has greater control over input, because they are more independent rather than a child.

Factors of learning a language

  • motivation
  • age
  • access to the language
  • personality
  • first language development
  • quality of instruction
  • cognitive ability