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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to ascertain the influence of age on the ability of a person to learn and acquire a new language. The science project experiment involved children between ages 10 and 15 and adults between ages 25 and 40.

Hypothesis

Adults are able to acquire a second language more quickly than children.

Scientific Terms

language, learning

Background

Language acquisition

Second language acquisition is the process of learning a new language other than the native language of the person. For example, anyone who is not a native English speaker but who has learned the English language has acquired a second language.

It is interesting to observe the abilities of infants and young children to grasp and learn a new language with very little effort. There are theories that children are born with a natural ability to pick up new languages quickly while others argue that it is acquired through learning.

For an adult learning a second language, the biggest obstacle is to overcome self doubt in their own minds. Many studies have shown that adults are able to learn a new language more efficiently than children. In fact learning a new language will help to keep the mind of the adult active and healthy. Everyone can benefit from learning a new language, irrespective of age.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
50
Time required:
7 days to prepare, 1 hour for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Easily found
Safety concerns:

None