ERIC Number: ED470889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
First- and Second-Language Acquisition in Early Childhood.
Clark, Beverly A.
Noting the importance of language acquisition for children's physical, social, and cognitive development, this paper discusses first- and second-language acquisition in children. After providing background on second-language acquisition, the paper discusses the controversy surrounding bilingual education programs. The paper then explores what is known about language learning, noting that in both first- and second-language acquisition, a stimulating and rich linguistic environment will support language development. The paper concludes with a discussion of factors that contribute to students' academic success, including using students' first language to provide academic instruction for as long as possible and using an active discovery approach to teaching and learning. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/HTH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Cognitive Development, Early Childhood Education, Language Acquisition, Second Language Learning, Student Needs, Young Children
For full text: http://ericeece.org/pubs/books/katzsym/clark-b.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Issues in Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Teacher Education, & Dissemination of Information. Proceedings of the Lilian Katz Symposium (Champaign, IL, November 5-7, 2000); see PS 030 740.