Exposure at home key to kids picking up mother tongue

Research scientist Sun He is part of a study by the National Institute of Education which involves 805 children and looks at how differently pre-schoolers acquire language.
Research scientist Sun He is part of a study by the National Institute of Education which involves 805 children and looks at how differently pre-schoolers acquire language.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

Pioneer NIE study also finds cognitive ability plays bigger role for English

It pays to speak your mother tongue language around your children, new research shows.

A first-of-its-kind study of about 800 children by the National Institute of Education found the amount of exposure a child has to his mother tongue language plays the biggest role in how much he picks up.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2019, with the headline 'Exposure at home key to kids picking up mother tongue'. Print Edition | Subscribe