Tag: Language Development

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Learning through Visual and Aural Methods in Early Childhood

For many years the educational field has been firmly cemented in believing that different individuals have different learning styles. These are termed visual, aural and kinaesthetic. Recently this myth has been debunked. Despite 93% of the public and 76% of educators still believing that learning styles exist, it has now been demonstrated that they don’t. […]

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The Benefits of Learning a Second Language in the Early Years & Primary

If you learned a second language at school, what can you remember? Chances are, if you embarked on learning a foreign language, like many at late primary or early secondary age, and haven’t gone on to use that language regularly, you’ve lost it. The benefits were limited to the language itself, for the time you […]

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The Importance of Vocabulary Building in the Early Years & Primary

We need to think of vocabulary as a building block. Its intrinsic value is only complete when part of a larger structure. Research shows that vocabulary is far more important than the individual words, and their meaning. Vocabulary knowledge, breadth and depth are directly correlated with a child’s overall development. The Power of Vocabulary What’s […]

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How Stories Can Build Vital Problem Solving Skills in the Early Years

Life is a series of problems to be solved. We don’t mean this in a doom and gloom way, rather that our daily lives are a series of multiple small challenges which we automatically solve using our refined problem solving skills. In fact, our ability to problem solve is so automatic that we don’t even […]

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How Flexible Thinking and Adaptability are Key Advantages for Bilingual and Multilingual Children

How Flexible Thinking and Adaptability are Key Advantages for Bilingual and Multilingual Children

When we think of bilingualism and multilingualism we are likely to think of the advantages being confined to the languages alone. A bilingual individual can access more learning, experience more, and interact more deeply. However, what we don’t tend to consider is how a bilingual or multilingual child is advantaged in terms of their ability […]

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The Academic Advantages of Bilingual and Multilingual Children

The Academic Advantages of Bilingual and Multilingual Children

Once upon a time, in the not too distant past, parents and educators feared bilingualism in children. There was the myth that children would be confused, do less well academically, and even have mental health problems as a direct result of speaking multiple languages. This was despite an experiment in 1962 which actually showed that […]

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