Study confirms: immersion learning works best
This new study examined student's brain waves to assess long-term language retention.
Researchers found that students who studied a language "implicitly", i.e. immersively, were able to process language in a similar was to a native speaker, even after a 5 month gap when they were not exposed to the target language.
This was in contrast to the other group in the study, who underwent "explicit training" in a classroom environment:
"Interestingly, both before and after the delay the implicitly trained group showed more native-like processing than the explicitly trained group, indicating that type of training also affects the attainment of native-like processing in the brain."
The study concludes that the type of language training crucially impacts on the learning outcome.
Good news for students choosing intensive one-to-one home tuition.
Via the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/jocn_a_00119) and @langology.