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Research on the “best” ages for English Language Learners (or for anyone to learn a second or third language) is a bit mixed.

I’ve shared various studies over the years, but thought readers might find it helpful if I brought them together into one post and start adding to them.

Here’s what I have so far (please suggest other resources):

Statistic Of The Day: How Long Does It Take To Learn English?

New Study Finds That Teens Can Learn A New Language As Quickly As Younger Children

The age factor in language learning is from The Language Teacher Toolkit.

At What Age Does Our Ability to Learn a New Language Like a Native Speaker Disappear? is from Scientific American.

What is the best age to learn a language? is from The BBC.

Younger is not always better when it comes to learning a second language is from The Conversation.


Do Children Learn English More Easily Than Adults? is from TESOL.