Language Learning Trends

Language Trends for 2015 and 2115

To kick off the new year in language learning, here are two predictions: Language learning company Rosetta Stone gives us one for the year ahead while Dr. McWhorter shares his thoughts on the state of global languages one hundred years from now in an essay on the Wall Street Journal.

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Study finds Traces of Lost Languages in the Brain

A joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro and McGill University’s Department of Psychology seems to show that languages learned during early childhood leave traceable patterns in the brain. Even if the child stops using its first language and replaces it with a new one, which is often the case in international adoptions, the unconscious brain retains those patterns years later.

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UK: Language Learning is in Decline because of Anti-European Sentiment

We already learned that in the UK language learning is in decline and that only 9% of 15-year-olds in the UK are competent in the first foreign language they learn in school after seven years, whereas other European students at the same age show much higher competency, like 82% in Sweden.

Back in August the Guardian shared some data on British teens and their growing reluctance to learn foreign languages but their parents aren’t any better. A survey by travel site TripAdvisor found that Britons are worst in the EU when it comes to speaking the language of the country they are visiting for vacation.

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