The Myths of First and Second Language Acquisition

The Myths of First and Second Language Acquisition

Myth #1: You can learn a second language the same way you learned your first language.

Human beings begin learning and processing their native language at or before birth. During the first few years of acquisition, children are being flooded with language at least 30% of their waking hours (according to the Multilingual Children’s Association). Through this comprehensible input, children learn the sounds, patterns, and meanings of their native language. The exposure and practice continue until children master the essentials around age six and beyond.

Second language learners are not usually given the same amount of time, practice or comprehensible input as children learning their native language. With only three to four hours of truly engaged contact on a weekly basis, second language learners cannot rely on intuition to develop linguistic knowledge (sounds, meanings, and grammar) of a language.

Myth #2: Children are better at learning languages than adults.

The general myth that adult learners can never become as fluent in a language as a child learning a language is based completely on the perceived value of native speaker accent. Prior to puberty, language function occurs throughout the entire brain allowing for greater change and development in phonetic production. However, at or around puberty, language function materializes to the left side of the brain, limiting the learner’s ability to create and distinguish new sounds.

Language Learning: A Tailored Solution that Works!

Language Learning: A Tailored Solution that Works!

Many companies invest in professional development in the workplace. They understand the value of such an investment in allowing them to secure a competitive edge in a globalized marketplace.

Communication is recognized as one key factor for success in the global marketplace. Thus, professional development should not neglect the nurture and support of all aspects of communication, both locally and across the globe. This is a primary reason why companies across the globe invest in foreign language learning for their employees.

When considering language learning options, a company will want to examine the most efficient and effective way to learn a language. Is it better to have employees go to a local school or use a service that provides a private tutor and delivers tailored lessons based on each employee’s goals, objectives and learning style?

Blended

Elements of an Effective Blended Language Learning Approach

By Eric Aasheim, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Global LT

Trying to learn a foreign language without the full benefits of an integrated blended training program is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube with one hand tied behind your back. You may eventually succeed but not without unnecessary frustration and delay, not to mention a powerful temptation to give up along the way.

At a minimum, blended language training programs should provide customized, instructor-led language training via face-to-face and a virtual classroom platform that is aligned with the scope and sequence of a self-paced online language training program.

The integration of the instructor-led approach with the e-learning programs provides the necessary level of engagement and accountability to help ensure a successful language learning experience for relocating employees and family members. Since most employees and busy family members only have time for one or two language lessons per week, the addition of the integrated self-paced online program is necessary to provide the opportunity for critical daily practice in between the scheduled lessons with an instructor.

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For over 35 years, we have supported our customers with services that position them for success globally. Our website is one of many tools we use to convey our capabilities, as well as, our passion to make your success possible.

On behalf of all of us at Global LT, I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to our new website and thank you for your consideration.

For over 35 years, we have supported our customers with services that position them for success globally. Our website is one of many tools we use to convey our capabilities, as well as, our passion to make your success possible.