“Fun is the limit in language learning with children” – Professor Minna Huotilainen
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“Fun is the limit in language learning with children” – Professor Minna Huotilainen

Team-Linguajoy had the great pleasure and honour to be able to interview a well-known brain researcher, Helsinki University´s professor of pedagogy Minna Huotilainen. Huotilainen considers it only a good thing that very young children are studying foreign languages. Fun is the limit in language learning with children “When an adult studies a foreign language, it...

Professori Minna Huotilainen – hauskuus on rajana lasten kielten oppimisessa
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Professori Minna Huotilainen – hauskuus on rajana lasten kielten oppimisessa

Team-Linguajoylla oli suuri ilo ja kunnia saada haastatella tunnettua aivotutkijaa, Helsingin yliopiston kasvatustieteen professori Minna Huotilaista. Huotilainen pitää yksinomaan hyvänä asiana, että jo aivan pienetkin lapset opiskelevat vieraita kieliä. Hauskuus on rajana lasten kielten oppimisessa Kun aikuinen opiskelee vierasta kieltä, edellyttää se motivaatiota ja työtä. Mutta kun lapsi opiskelee vierasta kieltä, on se melko samanlaista...

Why is language learning in children important?
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Why is language learning in children important?

First, let’s discuss the differences between adult and children’s brains. When you are born, you have approximately 1 billion to 3 billion neurons in your brain. A neuron is the basic nerve cell in the brain that is responsible for sending and receiving information. What a neuron does is much more complicated, but for our...

September 2, 2018November 1, 2018by
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Why is language learning in children important?

First, let’s discuss the differences between adult and children’s brains. When you are born, you have approximately 1 billion to 3 billion neurons in your brain. A neuron is the basic nerve cell in the brain that is responsible for sending and receiving information. What a neuron does is much more complicated, but for our...

September 2, 2018September 2, 2018by
Learning languages is fun, easy and comes as naturally as learning to play
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Learning languages is fun, easy and comes as naturally as learning to play

Did you know that the language-learning sensitivity period is a unique neurolinguistic phase in which children are open to and enthusiastic about languages? Neurolinguistic research has demonstrated that a baby’s brain is inherently flexible, uniquely hard-wired to acquire languages naturally. Learning a second language at a young age is cognitively as easy as learning a...