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Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings : what does the research tell us?

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Abstract: The research and existing theories on language development by pre-schooling children of disadvantaged groups, such as immigrants, is reviewed. The paper explores the course and duration of second language acquisition, as well as the common linguistic behaviours that may arise. Conditions that influence children’s adoption of a second language and culture are then examined, as well as similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition. Factors that influence the development of a second language such as age, motivation, interaction, educational style, socio-economic status, and experiences in daycare are discussed, and the impact of early language development on school success is examined. Finally, the author reviews several programmes aimed at fostering language development and literacy in infancy and early childhood in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany, and concludes with a discussion of the implications of the research, providing several recommendations for practice.
Authors: Beller, S.
Series Title: Working papers in Early Childhood Development
Country: Germany , United Kingdom , United States
Category: Research
ISBN: 978-9-06195-108-7
Serial number: 49
ISSN: 1383-7907
Keywords: culture , education , children
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
PAGE: v, 54
Place: The Hague
Publisher: Bernard van Leer Foundation
Year: 2008
Region: Europe , North America
Right: © 2008 Bernard van Leer Foundation
Subject: Culture, Society and Religion
Title: Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings : what does the research tell us?