How Important is a Learner’s Age in Learning another Language (Level 3)

Written By: T. Pascal Brown

Description: An introduction to an article about age and learning another language

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Anyone can learn a language at any age. Young children can learn to speak a second or third language fluently and become true bilinguals and multilinguals.

Many people believe that learning a second language as a child is much easier than as an adult. Age-related studies of language learners focus on differences in the speed of learning, the neurological processing involved, and the type of language learned in classroom-based or socially-based learning (Harley, 1986).

The fact is that in a world where more and more people are on the move, willingly or unwillingly, it is often not possible to choose the age at which language learning starts.