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Breaking Language Barriers

by Tyler Tassinari

eLearning Industry

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10 Best Language Learning Apps For Kids

Even Harvard is on board when it comes to children learning languages, determining based on a longitudinal study that learning language learning helped children become more creative, more flexible, and be better engaged in problem solving. Children who have learned multiple languages also score better on tests as a group, compared to those who do not.

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Apps for Language Learning

There’s plenty of advantages for students who learn languages, research suggests. Now the process of learning other languages is easier and more accessible than ever before thanks to a wide range of language learning apps that can make language-learning fun. School systems are often challenged to offer foreign language courses; and, even if they can, the options may be limited. Could technology help?

As this article illustrates, technology is making possible the development of a wide range of apps designed to introduce students to other languages. Some of these may hold promise as tools for use in K-12 classrooms, or options to augment existing instruction. There also are opportunities to support ESL instruction.