Northwest Territories Literacy Council

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How do children learn language?

No language is too hard for a child to learn. Children can easily learn more than one language or dialect at a time. A child can master up to 90% of a language in the first four years!

For many years, Aboriginal parents and educators were told that education in an Aboriginal language, whether through immersion or bilingual education, would be harmful to the children’s education. As linguists and specialists in education now know, the opposite is actually true.  Learning an Aboriginal language from an early age in the home, daycare, pre-school or community enhances the social, emotional and intellectual development as well as the academic achievement of children.