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Jacobs, Joanne – Education Next, 2019
Bilingual education is on its way back in California. After decisively rejecting bilingual education in 1998, state voters enthusiastically endorsed its return in 2016. Educators are eager to offer more bilingual classes--and not only to recently arrived immigrants. Increasingly, English-speaking parents are also sold on the cognitive benefits of…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Teacher Shortage, English Language Learners
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Madera, Piña – Learning Languages, 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…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Second Language Learning, Parents as Teachers, Second Language Instruction
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Lindholm-Leary, Kathryn – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2016
Considerable research documents students' outcomes in dual language (DL) programs, but there is little examination of students' perceptions of bilingualism and its impact on students' cognitive functioning and social relationships, especially with comparative studies across different target languages and student backgrounds. This study, which…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Positive Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Native Speakers
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Nkomo, Sibhekinkosi A. – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2021
Background: This article reports on a responsive extensive reading programme (ERP), involving Grade 3 learners at two primary schools in the Eastern Cape over a duration of 20 weeks. Objectives: The sociocultural perspective of learning guided the implementation of the ERP which aimed at providing learners with opportunities to read books for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Program Effectiveness, Grade 3
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Madarova, Slavka; Laborda, Jesus Garcia – Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, 2020
Foreign language bilingual education has been common in many countries all over the world for many years after the Quebec issue in the 1970s. However, after all these years, bilingual education still remains as a criticized way of education. This research essay examined the most significant criticism by summarizing it into seven common…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Bilingual Education, Elementary Education, Misconceptions
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Nguyen, My V. H.; Winsler, Adam – Developmental Psychology, 2021
Foreign language learning is generally not required in the United States, despite its link to various cognitive and social benefits later in life. Students who speak a home language different from the instructional language of school may experience unique benefits when learning additional languages in school. The present study examined whether…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Enrollment
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Freire, Juan A.; Alemán, Enrique, Jr. – Bilingual Research Journal, 2021
With most elementary dual language bilingual education (DLBE) programs being implemented as strands within schools, tensions related to inequities, unequal distribution of resources, and academic quality and demographic differences often arise. Based on a longitudinal ethnographic study and two interview phases with DLBE and mainstream teachers,…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Elementary School Students, Social Differences, Educational Resources
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Kenner, Charmian; Gregory, Eve; Ruby, Mahera; Al-Azami, Salman – Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2008
Throughout the English-speaking world, children from bilingual backgrounds are being educated in mainstream classrooms where they have little or no opportunity to use their mother tongue. Second and third generation children, in particular, are assumed to be learning sufficiently through English only. This study investigated how British…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Action Research, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education
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De Cat, Cécile – Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 2020
Using advanced quantitative methods, this article demonstrates that cumulative exposure to the school language is the best language experience predictor of proficiency in that language (as indexed by sentence repetition, lexical semantic, and discourse semantic tasks) in a highly diverse group of 5- to 7-year-old bilingual children in monolingual…
Descriptors: Semantics, Elementary School Students, Predictor Variables, Bilingualism
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Hartanto, Andree; Yang, Hwajin – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2019
Prior research suggesting that longer bilingual experience benefits inhibitory control and monitoring has been criticized for a lack of control over confounding variables. We addressed this issue by using a propensity-score matching procedure that enabled us to match early and late bilinguals on 18 confounding variables--for example, demographic…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Inhibition, Metacognition, Immigrants
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Lazaruk, Wally – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2007
A survey of research on French as a second language (FSL) education in Canada suggests that French immersion (FI) students enjoy significant linguistic, academic, and cognitive benefits. We organize our summary of the advantages of FI around these three themes, comparing students' proficiency in French and English across various FI programs, and…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Creative Thinking
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Hansen, Laura Birke; Morales, Julia; Macizo, Pedro; Duñabeitia, Jon Andoni; Saldaña, David; Carreiras, Manuel; Fuentes, Luis J.; Bajo, M. Teresa – Developmental Science, 2017
The present research aims to assess literacy acquisition in children becoming bilingual via second language immersion in school. We adopt a cognitive components approach, assessing text-level reading comprehension, a complex literacy skill, as well as underlying cognitive and linguistic components in 144 children aged 7 to 14 (72 immersion…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education, Second Language Learning
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Tytus, Agnieszka Ewa – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2018
A recent surge of findings on bilingual cognitive advantage has attracted attention from both researchers and the media. An advantage has been demonstrated with regard to, inter alia, inhibiting, switching, monitoring and updating. However, Paap et al. argue that the advantage does not exist or is only limited to executive functioning. Both sides…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Questionnaires, German, Language Usage
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Lyster, Roy – Canadian Modern Language Review, 2019
Translanguaging practices come into play in social interactions between bilinguals when they are making use of all their shared linguistic resources and blending their languages in natural ways. Stemming from these practices is translanguaging pedagogy, which is designed so that students in school-based additive bilingual programs can benefit from…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), English, Native Language, Immersion Programs
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Pelham, Sabra D.; Abrams, Lise – Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 2014
Previous research has documented advantages and disadvantages of early bilinguals, defined as learning a 2nd language by school age and using both languages since that time. Relative to monolinguals, early bilinguals manifest deficits in lexical access but benefits in executive function. We investigated whether becoming bilingual "after"…
Descriptors: Experimental Psychology, Bilingualism, Age Differences, Monolingualism
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