ERIC Number: ED525586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy. Early Childhood Education Series
Garcia, Eugene E., Ed.; Frede, Ellen C., Ed.
Teachers College Press
It is well known that the number of non-English speakers is on the rise in the United States. What is less well known is that the largest proportion of this population is children under the age of 5. These young English language learners (ELLs) often demonstrate achievement gaps in basic math and reading skills when they start school. How best to educate this important and growing preschool population is a pressing concern for policymakers and practitioners. The chapters in this important book provide up-to-date syntheses of the research base for young ELLs on critical topics such as demographics, development of bilingualism, cognitive and neurological benefits of bilingualism, and family relationships, as well as classroom, assessment, and teacher-preparation practices. Each chapter reviews the research and answers the following questions: (1) What does the research clearly indicate for policy and practice?; (2) How solid is this database and what findings are emerging?; and (3) What should the research agenda be for young ELLs?
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Family Relationship, Reading Skills, Non English Speaking, English (Second Language), Bilingualism, Educational Research, Synthesis, Preschool Children, Achievement Gap, Educational Policy, Second Language Instruction, Research Needs, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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