Are women better with second languages than men?

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Several studies have reported that females have higher average ability than males in second language learning in studies using children. We further investigated this issue by examining potential sex differences in second language ability in college students matched for the age of acquisition of the second language, the number of classes taken, working memory capacity, and English Reading Comprehension. The results showed that females performed significantly better than males in second language reading comprehension when they are matched on all these variables, suggesting that females have a stronger module for second language processing than do males.

Source: “Sex differences in second language comprehension” from Personality and Individual Differences

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