- How do babies learn to talk?
- Is learning a new language hard for you? What makes it easy or difficult?
- Why might it be challenging to study how babies learn to speak?
- What happens in the brains of babies as they progress from making sounds to
- What strategies does Kuhl use to study whether babies can tell the
difference between sounds?
- Why does Kuhl call babies “citizens of the world?”
- How does age affect the way electrical pathways form in the brain?
- How does a bilingual child’s brain differ from the brain of a child who
learns just one language?
- How might studying the brains of babies change the way we teach new
languages to adults?
- If a group of students learns a new language at the same time, say around
age 12, why might some students pick up the new language more easily than
others? Use information from the article to back up your argument.
- Come up with another experiment that would use electrode caps. Why would the
caps be necessary for your project?
- Name some of the challenges involved in studying babies that scientists
don’t usually have to worry about when studying adults?
- Do babies that live in other countries make the same sounds as babies that
live in the United States? Why or why not?
- Around the world, people who speak English use many different accents. Is
changing your accent as hard as learning a new language? Why or why not?
- Why do you think the first word that many children speak is the equivalent
of “Mama” or “Papa”?
- Name three countries where most people speak more than one language.
- Name three countries where most people speak just one language.
- Write a letter to your school suggesting changes to the way new languages
- Should the United States officially be a bilingual country? Argue for or
against the inclusion of Spanish language education in American schools.