It is generally assumed that young children are better at learning foreign languages than teenagers and adults. This is why foreign languages became a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in September 2014. However, the research evidence is not that straightforward. Florence Myles, Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the University of Essex, will compare how children of different ages learn a foreign language in the classroom. She will show that younger children are very enthusiastic and eager to learn, but that they tend to be slower in their development, especially of grammar. She will disc...uss why this might be the case, and what the strengths and weaknesses of each year group are.