Janet van Hell

In our immersion programme we don’t use Dutch as an intermediate language. Any new word is directly connected to the object or concept it stands for, or it is explained in English. This practice is corroborated by recent research. Jeanet van Hell investigates learning and teaching English at Dutch primary schools.
A remarkable finding: a second language can be mastered at any age. However, the pronunciation will be perfect only when learnt at early childhood from a native speaker.
Read about Van Hell’s research at http://www.ru.nl/wetenschapsagenda/@774053/laat-native-speaker/

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The brain and the second language

MRI-scan of the brain

If someone makes a snide comment on tto you could answer with this quote:

Plas­tic­ity can also be observed in the brains of bilin­guals (Mechelli et al., 2004). It looks like learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage is pos­si­ble through func­tional changes in the brain: the left infe­rior pari­etal cor­tex is larger in bilin­gual brains than in mono­lin­gual brains.

Find the complete article here.