Language Acquisition in Childhood – What Really Happens after Puberty? Introduction As a universal task of childhood, language acquisition is automatic in most children who may acquire two or more languages with minimal effort. At puberty, however, most children find learning second or subsequent languages more difficult and the task for adult learners can be very much more difficult, again. This paper explores what alters at puberty and its implications for how second languages should be introduced. For instance, if language acquisition is natural in childhood, one wonders why many Canadians begin to learn the second official language, near puberty, when second language acquisition becomes more difficult. Discussion moves on to matters of...The end:
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