ERIC Number: EJ1082918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
How Early Can We Efficiently Start Teaching a Foreign Language?
Dolean, Dacian Dorin
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v23 n5 p706-719 2015
The appropriateness of early childhood foreign language education is occasionally a debatable subject among parents, educators, public education administrators and policymakers. A large body of research has been done on this subject and conclusions sometimes appear contradictory. This article first reviews briefly the importance of learning a foreign language, and the advantages of bilingualism. Second, it compiles empirical evidence that concerns early foreign language education of children living in a native language speaking environment and suggests answers to questions regarding the developmentally appropriate timing to start providing foreign language education services.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Bilingualism, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Immersion Programs, Age, Kindergarten
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Romania