Let's give em' somethin' to talk about

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Oral Communication

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Let's give em' somethin' to talk about

"Fewer elementary schools [offer] language instruction than a decade ago. In 1997, 31% of elementary schools taught languages, compared to 25% in 2008, a statistically significant decrease. " (Pufahl & Rhodes)

"Research institutions, government agencies, parents, educators, and members of the business community have recognized that providing first-class language education to all students would contribute greatly to our nation's capacity to maintain national security, promote international cooperation, compete effectively in a global economy, and enhance our domestic well-being" (Pufahl & Rhodes)

"[...] the earlier one begins language learning, the better the results are, and that this is especially true for pronunciation."(Kubota & Catlett)

This video reveals the importance of having foreign language in elementary schools!

Research suggests.....

"Since people who learn a second language after puberty generally retain an accent, researchers have hypothesized that people are no longer able to acquire some aspects of language such as the phonology, once the brain is lateralized and language is located in the left hemisphere. They hypothesize that the critical period for the acquisition of phonology is the period prior to changes in the brain associated with lateralization." (Freeman & Freeman)

"The Critical Period"

"[Researchers have been led to believe] the possibility that there is a critical period during which language can be acquired. Once past that period, people are not able to acquire a second language." (Freeman & Freeman)

Late Bilingual

Earl;y Bilingual

"Among early bilinguals, L1 and L2 are in the same brain region and processed by the same neural devices.For later bilinguals, some brain areas (within Broca’s area) are different for L1 & L2." (Loschky)

The images presented below show that there are brain differences between those who acquire their second language early and those who do not. Those who acquire it late have seperate regions that comprehend the language, thus they are less able to retain phonological patterns.

This image shows how many different languages were spoken in 2000, since then there are many more immigrants. It is vital that our students are learning second languages so that they can communicate in today's world.

For communication's sake, let's keep foreign language in our elementary schools


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