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ERIC Number: EJ830634
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
The Correlation between Early Second Language Learning and Native Language Skill Development
Caccavale, Terry
Learning Languages, v13 n1 p30-32 Fall 2007
It has long been the assumption of many in the field of second language teaching that learning a second language helps to promote and enhance native language skill development, and that this correlation is direct and positive. Language professionals have assumed that learning a second language directly supports the development of better skills, overall, in one's first language. Evidence supports the assertion that students who study a second language score higher on verbal sections of the SAT than students who do not. This article reviews current research related to second language acquisition in children, which can offer new insights into this seemingly direct relationship. A review of the literature on early second language learning indicates that bilingual children and monolingual children who begin the study of a second language at an early age and are enrolled in continuous, long-sequence programs can benefit in measurable ways in terms of both mathematical and literacy skill development.
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A