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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Language and Literacy In Bilingual Children
Edited By: Rebecca E. Eilers
D. Kimbrough Oller
Series Title: Child Language and Child Development No.2

This book sets a high standard for rigor and scientific approach to the study of bilingualism and provides new insights regarding the critical issues of theory and practice, including the interdependence of linguistic knowledge in bilinguals, the role of socioeconomic status, the effect of different language usage patterns in the home, and the role of schooling by single-language immersion as opposed to systematic training in both home and target languages. The rich landscape of outcomes reported in the volume will provide a frame for interpretation and understanding of effects of bilingualism for years to come.

Section A: Background
1. Assessing the Effects of Bilingualism D. K. Oller& B.Z. Pearson;
2. An Integrated Approach to Evaluating Effects of Bilingualism in Miami
School Children D. K. Oller & R. E. Eilers.
Section B: Overall Results on Language use and Standardized Test
3. Bilingualism and Cultural Assimilation in Miami Hispanic Children R.
E. Eilers, D. K. Oller & A. B. Cobo-Lewis;
4. Effects of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education on
Oral and Written English Skills A. B. Cobo-Lewis, B. Z. Pearson, R. E. Eilers & V. C. Umbel;
5. Effects of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education on Oral and Written
Spanish Skills A. B. Cobo-Lewis,B. Z. Pearson, R. E. Eilers & V. C. Umbel;
6. Interdependence of Spanish and English Knowledge in
Language and Literacy among Bilingual Children A. B. Cobo-Lewis, R. E. Eilers,
B Z Pearson & V. C. Umbel.
Section C: Probe Studies on Complex Language Capabilities
7. Narrative Competence among Monolingual and Bilingual School Children in Miami B. Z. Pearson;
8. Command of the Mass/count Distinction in Bilingual and Monolingual Children
V. C.Mueller Gathercole;
9. Grammatical Gender in Bilingual and Monolingual Children V. C. Mueller
10.Monolingual and Bilingual Acquisition V. C. Mueller Gathercole;
11. The Ability of Bilingual and Monolingual Children to Perform Phonological
Translation D. K. Oller & A. B. Cobo-Lewis.
Section D: A Retrospective View of the Research
12. Balancing Interpretations Regarding Effects of Bilingualism D. K.
Oller & R. E. Eilers

D. Kimbrough Oller, Professor and Chair of the Department of
Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine, is an international authority in language learning. His research on English and Spanish-learning children as well as bilingual children is widely published, and his earlier book The Emergence of the Speech Capacity brings together results of his research of thirty years.
Rebecca E. Eilers is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine. For nearly thirty years she has been a leading figure in infant speech perception and young child language as the primary author of a substantial literature on development of linguistic capabilities in children with Spanish and/or English in the home.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Pages: 312
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1853595705
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 312
Prices: £19.95/ US$29.95/ CAN$39.95