Are there strategies for a baby from a monolingual family to more easily pick up a second language outside the home? Researchers think they’ve identified one method. Cultura-RM/Nancy Honey/Getty Images For a long time, we’ve been hearing that babies who grow up in a home where parents speak two languages are able to learn both of them almost effortlessly, and in the process improve their problem-solving and other cognitive abilities. That might make it seem like tough news for kids who have two monolingual parents who can’t afford a nanny who speaks a different language to continually expose the child to it. Scientists who study early development and language have long known the best way for babies to learn languages is through repeated early exposure, which is most likely to happen at home. But in a newly published research article in the journal Mind, Brain and Education, researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) outline a method for infants to learn a second language — and to do so outside the home. The researchers developed a play-based intensive English-language curriculum, which they tested out on children in public preschool centers in Spain. But the… Read full this story
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