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Bilingualism in the early years
Bilingualism in the early years
This chapter will:
  • Consider the impact that acquiring a second language has on a child’s acquisition of his first language
  • Discuss the analysis and findings from a small scale research study

So far we have been looking at the way in which normally developing children acquire language, their native language. But in our multi-ethnic society many children are exposed to two languages from birth or from when they begin to access a day care setting.

Background

Having been a local authority early years consultant for many years I have worked in both the maintained and non-maintained sectors and I have encountered children with English as an Additional Language (EAL). As a moderator of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) ...

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