Learning young, Antonella Sorace writes for the Scotsman

Antonella Sorace has written an opinion piece for the Scotsman outlining the importance of learning languages when young. Professor Sorace of Bilingualism Matters highlights the Early Learning of Chinese Project as an example of young language learning in action: primary school students across East Lothian have been learning Mandarin from native Chinese speakers. The Early Learning of Chinese project is a pilot project for the Scottish government’s 1+2 language programme, and is part of our wider commitment to support language learning and teaching in Scotland.

You can read Antonella’s article here.

To learn more about the Early Learning of Chinese Project, visit the Scotland China Education Network‘s site.

For more details on the Scottish government’s 1+2 languages plan, you can view the Languages Working Group report and recommendations.

Why language learning in children and adults always matters

Any child can learn more than one language without any effort.Bilingualism makes children’s brain more flexible, improves their attention, and gives them a range of benefits that last a lifetime.

But what about learning a second language later in life? Many people think it is difficult for adults to learn a second language well, but research shows that adults can reach very high proficiency levels and get many mental advantages too.

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By Andrew Hill and Esther Bintliff

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‘Two languages’ call for children

Children brought up speaking two languages benefit intellectually

“Ministers are being urged to do more to encourage children to speak two languages from a young age.
Edinburgh University and the Royal Society of Arts say research points to bilingual children being better at learning a wide range of subjects. […]”

© BBC, 21 February 2007

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