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16th March: Language learning in children and adults; A day with Antonella Sorace
1400 to 1600 on the Mezzanine level of the Central Library on 16th March A special day to hear Professor Antonella Sorace and ask her questions.
Language Learning In Children And Adults: Why It Always Matters
Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh and Bilingualism 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.
Many people think it is difficult for adults to learn a second language well, but research shows that adults can reach near-native proficiency levels and become bilingual, even if they use partly different learning mechanisms from children. Adults better memory and reasoning skills are both an advantage and a disadvantage in learning a second language.
This is free to all and an especially good opportunity for people with families to meet with Antonella, ask questions and get guidance on how to learn languages and give the right support and encouragement.