‘Developing Early Literacy presents an interesting range of literacy-related topics which address issues of current importance to early years practice and, in places, question current thinking. There is an excellent balance of theoretical background and case study examples which would make this a relevant and practical text for both students and early years professionals.’
Part 2: Provision for All
Theories and viewpoints relating to bilingualism and intelligence levels have undergone radical transformation since the mid-twentieth century. Until the 1960s, the general belief was that learning an additional language would have negative effects on intelligence. Research was conducted that indicated bilingual students were at a disadvantage and intellectually confused and bilingualism would adversely affect the brain. From the 1960s onwards, however, opinions began to change. Research began to reflect the idea that being bilingual may induce more positive traits. It was suggested that bilingual learners had a more flexible mental attitude, improved abstract thinking, the ability to adapt to a range of environments and the potential to transfer linguistic skills from one language to ...