Bilingual Baby: Foreign Language Intervention in Madrid’s Infant Education Centers

A new study in Mind, Brain, and Education demonstrates the potential benefits of exposure to multiple languages. The study, conducted in infant education centers in Madrid, Spain, looked at the ability of young children to develop foreign language skills after being provided with a specific intervention. Researchers found that children provided with this intervention demonstrated rapid gains in comprehension and speech production in the newly presented L2.

Intervention children outperformed the CPC group, showing rapid gains on measures of English word comprehension and English speech production. Schools’ neighborhood wealth was not a significant factor in learning. Follow‐up analyses show that the language gains were fully retained 18 weeks post‐intervention. Children’s foreign language skills advance quickly in school using this research‐to‐practice curriculum.

Source:  Mind, Brain, and Education  –

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