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ERIC Number: EJ1124651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Creatively Encountering Languages in Caregiving and in the Early Childhood Classroom
Madera, Piña
Learning Languages, v21 n1 p6-7 Fall-Win 2015
For years, research has shown that language learning at an early age has great benefits. Most recently, a May 2015 study published in "Science Daily" suggests that exposure to multiple languages in childhood produces better communicators ("Children exposed to multiple languages"). A 2014 study in Singapore showed that infants exposed to multiple languages showed increased behaviors that predict cognitive gains in preschool ("Benefits for Babies"). A 2012 post at the Dana Foundation is a rich resource and expounds "The Cognitive Benefits of Being Bilingual" (Marian and Shook). Educators are aware of the research, which seems to be reported anew nearly weekly. Strong language skills provide children a foundation for all of their learning. Multilingualism, specifically, has been linked to improved focus, abstract thinking, task switching; and even health benefits like delayed Alzheimer's, among others. This article suggests some ways any creative caregiver, parent, or educator can bring a little world language into their daily time with young children when language immersion is not an easily accessible option.
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail: nnell@wfu.edu; Web site: http://www.nnell.org/publications/journal.shtml
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A