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ERIC Number: ED369260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 9
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Preventing Language Disadvantage in the Child during the Process of Language Acquisition.
Anderson, Ron
This essay advances a definition of language disadvantage and applies Cummins' theory of language acquisition to a model of assessment designed to determine the existence and degree of language disadvantage. Language disadvantage is defined as the difference between a person's ability to learn a language compared to that same person's actual amount of learned language. Language disadvantage in second language learners and persons from lower socioeconomic strata is emphasized. Specific tests and their application to this assessment are discussed, as are preventive measures such as oral language expansion. A two-sided approach to preventing language disadvantage would consist of a curriculum that included both formal and informal oral language instruction. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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