Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Is this the best time in history to learn languages?
Is a foreign language something needs to be taught by a teacher and studied like other subjects? Today there are over 250 million people live in a country other than the country where they were born. It’s a 50% jump from year-2000 level. As international migration increases, a wider variety of cultural and linguistic interactions are happening in communities and classrooms. Kids are and will be getting used to more multicultural and multilingual world.
Also, they can be more connected with others in the world through their smartphones. They can play games with others and see photos and videos made by someone who lives on the other side of the planet. Such situation where kids learn without realizing they are absorbing information or developing skills is called implicit learning.
It seems that children and young adults are exposed to more multicultural and multilinguistic environment to learn other languages than any other time in history. And it's not only for food but also for fun and interest. Indeed, learning through interactions and experience is no less valuable than an academic degree.
Enjoy reading the text and think what other languages you are interested in learning.