Is it harder for older children to learn a new language?

Is it harder for older children to learn a new language?
The preschool period is the most favourable window of time for language acquisition. Every year thereafter, language learning becomes more difficult.

“The preschool period is the most favourable window of time for language acquisition. Every year thereafter, language learning becomes more difficult,” observes Andrea MacLeod. “Very young children have an easier time distinguishing and reproducing sounds. This is what allows them to speak a new language without an accent. However, it’s mostly the ability of a preschooler’s brain to adapt that explains this ease. “As adults, we’re more resistant to language,” explains the researcher. “Memorization is more difficult, and we need to forget the rules of our mother tongue to assimilate those of the new language. Conversely, children who are exposed to a bilingual environment learn language a lot more naturally.”

Remember
  • All children go through the same stages of language development, but they all learn at their own pace.
  • You play an essential role in stimulating your child’s language development.
  • If you’re concerned about your child’s language development, don’t put off consulting a doctor or speech therapist.