Education Immersion is key to learning new languages, says Western Sydney study

Immersion is key to learning new languages, says Western Sydney study

A study from Western Sydney University has found that young adults immersed in a new language are better at understanding accents and conversations.

Dr Mark Antoniou and his research team measured the English language skills of Chinese natives who had lived in the United States for between 2 – 11 years against those who had only lived in China, studying English in a formal setting. The study found the English learners living in China were slower and less accurate at recognising words than those living immersed in the language in the United States.

The university study highlights the benefits of an immersion-learning environment, compared to learning a second language in a classroom.

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