Delilah Simone Fox, Emily M Horwath


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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The brain plays an important role in language acquisition and retention. In this presentation, we will explore how the brain learns, stores, and retrieves language, as well as the specific differences between the brain’s activity when learning a first and additional languages. The brain as related to language is complex and is not yet fully understood; however, this presentation will discuss the accepted theories about the brain structures and function connected to language. These theories will describe the processes that learn, store, and retrieve language in the brain. Although there are still discoveries to be made, research has shown that differences exist between learning a first and additional languages. These may include the ease of learning the language, how hard one’s brain must work when processing first and other languages, and even the visibly noticeable effects between using a first or other language. With the former information in mind, we will explain how the neurological structures and processes of language and the differences in brain function that occur while learning a second language as opposed to the first can be used to impact teaching styles for language acquisition.

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Course Project

Primary Advisor

Jennifer T. Christman, Susan M. Ferguson

Primary Advisor's Department

Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project

Foreign  Language Acquisition and Retention