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Award-winning brain research expert David A. Sousa explains current research on how the brain learns language and provides strategies for teaching English language learners.

Learning a New Language (English) Later
Learning a new language (english) later

Let's make clear at the outset that we are not discussing here the process of learning two languages simultaneously. That was already presented in Chapter 1. Rather, our task now is to explore the cognitive, emotional, and social changes that occur when learning a second language—in this case, English—at a later time, say, after the age of 5 years. Regardless of the age of the learners, acquiring a second language later on still involves the language regions of the brain used by the first language, namely, Broca's and Wernicke's areas. And, likewise, most L2 processing is done in the left hemisphere (Newman-Norlund, Frey, Petitto, & Grafton, 2006).

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