ERIC Number: ED378823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reeducating a Chinese Child in America in the Native Language.
In a case study, a child's acquisition and maintenance of Chinese (as a first language) and English (as a second language) were documented. The child brought to the United States at age 3.5, acquired English in 2 years and was encouraged to maintain his Chinese skills through a family-based education program. For 6 months the boy was given Chinese lessons by his mother and was asked to use Chinese in communication with his parents. It was found that the child code-switched a great deal, primarily producing Cantonese according to English rules but occasionally conforming to Chinese word order with English content words. During the summer months his first-language skills improved, but they decreased after he began English reading and writing instruction in the fall. However, tests of passive vocabulary and communicative competence indicate that he retained good receptive skills in Chinese. Contains 16 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (Atlanta, GA).