language development
October 23, 2018

Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) are tools for measuring vocabulary size and growth. This checklist of words is a tool for assessing the development of receptive and productive vocabulary through parental report and is typically used with children aged from about 11 to 26 months.

Author: Hamilton, A., Plunkett, K., & Schafer, G
Source: Oxford University BabyLab
Estimated time to read: N/A

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October 17, 2018

What is it like growing up with two languages, and how does it affect development? In this article linguists address some common misunderstandings and provide the facts about bilingualism. 

September 26, 2018

Dual-language immersion schools are increasing in popularity. Find out answers to some of the common questions parents have about immersion – Is it true that language immersion is better for their brains? Will my child be confused? I won’t be able to help them with their homework!

Author: Heather Singmaster
Source: Education Week
Estimated time to read: 08:30

September 11, 2018

Researcher from the University of Washington Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) studied how babies can learn a second language outside of the home.

They found that even babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities at this early age. Babies can start developing bilingual skills with just one hour of play per day in an educational setting that uses the right science based approach that emphasizes playful social interaction and active child participation.

Author: Deborah Bach
Source: The University of Washington News
Time to watch: 03:17
Estimated time to read: 04:57

September 5, 2018

A 2012 research study found that we start learning language before we are even born. 

Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age. Unborn babies listen to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and at birth can demonstrate what they’ve heard.

Author: Jane O’Brien
Source: The BBC
Estimated time to read: 05:10

August 20, 2018

Research from the University of Maryland and Harvard University suggests that babies benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents. To maximize language development benefits, parents may want to be more conscious of repeating words.

Author: Laura Ours
Source: University of Maryland
Estimated time to read: 02:19

August 8, 2018

This story-time companion for parents and caregivers from the King County Library System has over a thousand short video clips of rhymes, songs and poems. Singing songs and rhymes with little kids makes it easier for them to learn language skills.

Author: King County Library System
Source: King County Library System
Estimated time to read: N/A