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New Research Shows Brain’s Right Side Critical for Learning Language

When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. But new research shows the right brain plays a critical early role in helping learners identify the basic sounds associated with a language. That could help find new teaching methods to better improve student success in picking up a foreign language.

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A ‘Million Word Gap’ for Children Who Aren’t Read to at Home

Young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to, a new study found. This 'million word gap' could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development.

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Five Ways to Help Your Child’s Language Development

Language development is essential for reading and communication skills later in life. Parents are the main influencers of language in early childhood. This article shares five ways for parents to boost their child’s language development every day.

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Kids Store 1.5 Megabytes of Information to Master their Native Language

Learning one's native language may seem effortless. But new research suggests that language acquisition between birth and 18 is a remarkable feat of cognition, rather than something humans are just hardwired to do.

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Study: Language Acquisition in Toddlers Improved by Predictable Situations

The first few years of a child's life are crucial for learning language, and though scientists know the "when," the "how" is still up for debate. In a new study, researchers report a factor that is important for language: the predictability of the learning environment.

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Adult-child Conversations Strengthen Language Brain Regions

Young children who are regularly engaged in conversation by adults may have stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language, according to a study of healthy young children.

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Ask Susan: On Language Development and Talking Your Baby Clever

My sister is a Kindergarten teacher and says that my husband and I are not talking to our two-month-old baby as much as we are supposed to. I must admit it feels kind of stupid to talk to our baby. After all, he really cannot understand what we are saying! Am I right?

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Repetition a Key Factor in Language Learning

A new study has focused on language acquisition in the brain. Even short repetitive exposure to novel words induced a rapid neural response increase that is suggested to manifest memory-trace formation.

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Research Reveals: Language Development Starts in the Womb

A month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese. Using non-invasive sensing technology for the first time for this purpose, a group of researchers has shown this in-utero language discrimination.

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Ask Susan: My Son Is Struggling with First Grade, Again

My son is in first grade, second time round, and he’s not doing well. He can neither read nor write, except for a few basic words. He suffered from recurrent ear infections as a baby and toddler and had grommets four times, which caused temporary hearing loss and eventually a language delay.

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Six Stages of Language Development

Most parents can hardly wait for their baby to say its first word. This usually happens between nine months and a year. From about two years, the child should be able to use simple phrases, and by three he should be able to use full sentences.

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