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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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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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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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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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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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Fattal, Laura Rachel – NABE Journal of Research and Practice, 2019
Creative classroom constructions imbued with arts integration, a transmediational multimodal pedagogy, are examined in exploratory action research in three bilingual elementary classroom learning experiences. In each of the lessons, there was a whole-group introduction and small-group hands-on arts-based activities inclusive of peer dialoguing,…
Descriptors: Creativity, Art Education, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods
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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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Barac, Raluca; Bialystok, Ellen – Language Teaching, 2011
There has always been a common-sense view that the number of languages that children learn, whether through natural exposure or educational intervention, has consequences for their development. The assumption was that these consequences were potentially damaging. Even now, after approximately 50 years of research on the topic, parents remain…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Cognitive Development, Bilingualism, Young Children
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Hsin, Lisa; Snow, Catherine – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2017
The task of writing arguments requires a linguistic and cognitive sophistication that eludes many adults, but students in the US are expected to produce texts that articulate and support a claim--simple written arguments--starting in the fourth grade. Students from language-minority homes likewise must learn to produce such writing, despite their…
Descriptors: Perspective Taking, Educational Benefits, Bilingualism, Writing (Composition)
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Woumans, Evy; Surmont, Jill; Struys, Esli; Duyck, Wouter – Language Learning, 2016
Throughout the past century, the effects of bilingualism on general cognition have been extensively explored. Studies evolved from a negative to a more positive perspective, but longitudinal assessments of effects of bilingualism are scarce. This study investigated the long-term effect of becoming a bilingual on the development of general…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Bilingualism, French, Socioeconomic Status
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Arco-Tirado, José L.; Fernández-Martín, Francisco D.; Hernández-Moreno, Nuria – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2018
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of a Bilingual Mentors Program to develop cognitive, non-cognitive or second language skills on senior and freshmen university students, respectively, from two different Degrees at the University of Granada (Spain). Two Degrees were involved in this project, English Studies provided…
Descriptors: Mentors, Teacher Education, Second Language Learning, Program Effectiveness
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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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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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Grundy, John G.; Keyvani Chahi, Aram – Developmental Science, 2017
Previous research has shown that bilingual children outperform their monolingual peers on a wide variety of tasks measuring executive functions (EF). However, recent failures to replicate this finding have cast doubt on the idea that the bilingual experience leads to domain-general cognitive benefits. The present study explored the role of…
Descriptors: Young Children, Bilingualism, Monolingualism, Learner Engagement
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