I really enjoyed this TED talk from Patricia Kuhl about breakthrough scientific studies of how language is acquired by babies.
The broad theories were one of the background reasons why the Labour government decided to develop foreign language teaching in primary schools, as younger children’s brains are more receptive to second language learning, especially before the age of 7.
I am very interested to read of any upcoming research which demonstrates the difference that this political strategy has made to language learning in the UK. Has it helped? Has the impact been positive? Or is it too early to tell?