Numerous studies show that when it comes to language acquisition, young children possess an almost magical ability. According to an article in BaltimoreStyle.com, all babies are born able to tell sounds apart from all languages. Their brains are basically hard-wired to learn language – any tongue – at lightening speed. Initially, they tune into their mother’s or main caregiver’s language, and by the time they’re one year old, their mysterious sound differentiation ability suddenly disappears. The theory has it that if children are exposed to multiple languages during this window (for example English, French, and Mandarin), they’ll pick all of them up, for good.
If you’re interested in this area of study, you can do a Diploma of Children’s Services (specialising in Early Childhood Education and Care). This qualification is available through TAFE institutions across Australia, including WA. Enrol in a TAFE course today, and learn how to educate children, before they even set foot in a school.