The critical period hypothesis

Here is a presentation at TED which again stresses how we become less proficient language learners as we get older.

I have seen so many people past their 20s do very well at difficult languages like Chinese and Japanese, that I simply do not buy this. I also know that I am a much better language learner today than when I was in school. The reason is simply that I am more motivated, more experienced and more confident in my language learning.

2 thoughts on “The critical period hypothesis

  1. I have seen the same thing. I would still like to see more research on those learners that have done well in a language that they learned at an older age. I believe that it has a lot to do with motivation and time.

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