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ERIC Number: EJ1031110
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Effects of Classroom Bilingualism on Task-Shifting, Verbal Memory, and Word Learning in Children
Kaushanskaya, Margarita; Gross, Megan; Buac, Milijana
Developmental Science, v17 n4 p564-583 Jul 2014
We examined the effects of classroom bilingual experience in children on an array of cognitive skills. Monolingual English-speaking children were compared with children who spoke English as the native language and who had been exposed to Spanish in the context of dual-immersion schooling for an average of 2 years. The groups were compared on a measure of non-linguistic task-shifting; measures of verbal short-term and working memory; and measures of word learning. The two groups of children did not differ on measures of non-linguistic task-shifting and verbal short-term memory. However, the classroom-exposure bilingual group outperformed the monolingual group on the measure of verbal working memory and a measure of word learning. Together, these findings indicate that while exposure to a second language in a classroom setting may not be sufficient to engender changes in cognitive control, it can facilitate verbal memory and verbal learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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