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|Subject:||linguistics in a multinational school|
|Question:||I'm concerned with language acquisition for grades k-1. Is it better for the students to learn English in small groups or one on one. The research says either, but there are some who have no English and they speak their mother tongue at home. I guess I'm questioning the development phase - when CAN they learn to distinguish the words in contextual context? Please advise.|
|Reply:||My children started their schooling in English, when English wasn’t one of their languages. This blog post of mine, ‘Making a home for new languages’, has some information on this process: http://beingmultilingual.blogspot.com/2012/02/making-home-for-new-languages.html A more detailed report is in Part 3 ('Acquiring a Third Language') of my book _Three is a Crowd?_, parts of which are available online – scroll down to Book Preview and click on Contents, here: http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781853598388 Madalena|
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|