Florida Atlantic University's finest news source.

University Press

FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

Psychology professor Erika Hoff was the lead author of the study.

Photo+of+Ericka+Hoff+courtesy+of+FAU+Media+Relations.
Photo of Ericka Hoff courtesy of FAU Media Relations.

Photo of Ericka Hoff courtesy of FAU Media Relations.

Photo of Ericka Hoff courtesy of FAU Media Relations.

Benjamin Paley, Contributing Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Children who are bilingual learn their languages at the same time, but their brain comprehends those skills independently of each other, according to a recent FAU study.

The study looked at the correlation between the size of a child’s vocabulary and the grammatical complexity of their speech, as stated by an FAU news release.

Erika Hoff, an FAU professor of psychology at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and director of the Language Development Lab, is the lead author of the study, which was published in the journal “Developmental Science.” Hoff worked with David Giguere, a graduate research assistant at FAU and Jamie M. Quinn, a graduate research assistant at Florida State University.

“One well established fact about monolingual development is that the size of children’s vocabularies and the grammatical complexity of their speech are strongly related,” Hoff said. “It turns out that this is true for each language in bilingual children.”

According to the release, the researchers “measured the vocabulary and level of grammatical development in these children in six-month intervals between the ages of 2 and a half to 4 years.”

“I think the key takeaway from our study is that it’s not the quantity of what the children are hearing; it’s the quality of their language exposure that matters,” Hoff said. “They need to experience a rich environment.”

Benjamin Paley is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email bpaley@fau.edu or tweet him @benpaley92.

Leave a Comment

Do you have something to say? Submit your comments below

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    University to host ‘Fake News’ panel

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    University poll sees Floridians split on Charlottesville events

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    Students react via social media to hurricane Irma

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    FAU quarterback De’Andre Johnson hospitalized

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    Homework isn’t due while classes are canceled, but FAU still wants you to prepare for Irma

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    FAU cancels classes ahead of Hurricane Irma

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    Hundreds gather to say they’re ‘Fed Up’ with opioid crisis

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    Rapper Yung Joc to headline bonfire concert

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    FAU researcher might have found solution to manatee boat collisions

  • FAU study reveals learning tendencies of bilingual children

    News

    Boca House of Representatives holds first fall meeting