The Science Behind Learning a New Language

Side view of the human brainThe human brain is a wonderfully complex thing. One of the most interesting parts of the mind is how language affects it. Learning a new language has been shown to develop different parts of the brain related to memory. Here are just a few ways the science of language can benefit students studying English, no matter what their proficiency level.

Break up the Study Hours

Often, English language schools tell their students they should expect to study a certain number of hours per week. If a student is told to study 15 hours per week, for example, they may be tempted to study in large chunks, maybe doing two days of over seven hours of work and then stopping for the week. While this may get the student to their desired number of hours, it is not a great way to study, especially if they’re trying to learn a new language.

Science tells us that memory is improved when worked is broken up into sections. While people have different schedules and learning styles, students who study for large chunks at a time may have a hard time remembering the information. If another student studied for only 2 hours per day but made sure to do it every day, then he or she would likely improve faster and remember more than the student studying in large doses.

Set Your Studying to Music

There’s a reason the classrooms of young children are often filled with music. Scientific studies have shown that people are better able to remember words when there’s a melody that goes with them. That’s why you remember the lyrics to songs much easier than a speech.

Adult students may be too advanced for simple nursery rhymes, but making up songs to help remember verb forms and vocabulary words will improve memory skills and help the student learn English.

Study smart and learn English with scientifically proven tips like these!

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