Language acquisition proven possible for everyone!

Posted by Audrey Dubois-Boutet on Dec 15, 2010 Dec 15, 2010

repeatNo more excuses: it seems anyone can learn a new language! What many people swear is impossible for them has just been proven possible by Cambridge neuroscientists.

The simple act of repetition could be the key to learning new words—only 160 repetitions in 15 minutes is required to remember a new word, the scientists say. In their study, they attached sensors to their subjects and repeated a known word, followed by an invented word. After repetition, brain waves showed no difference between the two words!

The article I link to below also features a language teacher, Paul Noble, who believes “forgetting” is the key to learning. Noble says if you are constantly thinking about your newly acquired knowledge, you have a greater chance of forgetting it in the long run, whereas relaxing your brain allows the new knowledge to seep into your subconscious.

So is it time to restructure language courses? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

Telegraph article: Can't learn a foreign language? Not true, say scientists

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Topics: Language Learning