How do we begin to learn a language? How do young children go from the “goo” (baby talk) to being able to form real words and sentences by the time they’re toddlers?
In the video below, Stanford researchers discuss their studies involving children’s language learning, what abilities are involved in language learning, and how language interacts with kids’ understanding of their social world.
The researchers explain the importance of understanding how kids learn so that we can begin to design better early childhood intervention programs for kids who aren’t getting enough language input, or in cases of developmental disabilities.
They also stress that the language children are exposed to in infancy and early childhood has a huge impact on their later language and academic abilities. As Associate Professor Michael Frank says in the video,
The language exposure you get early on in life is really critical for your later language proficiency and your school performance.
Their conclusion backs up the premise behind our award-winning language learning program: the best time for kids to learn a language is before age 6. Be sure to check out the research behind our method to learn more about how we integrate scientific studies like these to help kids effectively learn languages, both native and foreign.