RECEPTIVE ACQUISITION OF NOVEL VOCABULARY BY SPANISH-DOMINANT, BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL CHILDREN
AuthorBoies, Robert, 1955-
KeywordsEnglish language -- Study and teaching -- Bilingual method.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Spanish speakers.
Bilingualism -- United States.
Second language acquisition.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe effectiveness of a bilingual and a monolingual treatment condition was compared in the receptive training of novel action words presented to two bilingual, Spanish-dominant, minority-language preschoolers. In the bilingual condition, one set of actions and referents was trained in Spanish (L1) followed by training in English (L2). In the monolingual condition, another set of actions and referents was trained in L2 alone. For one child, superior L2 learning occurred in the bilingual condition, results consonant with reports by Garcia (1983a) and by Oskarsson (1975). For the other child, unexpectedly, the monolingual condition resulted in superior L2 learning. Her findings suggest that the effect of preference to learn in L2 may result in behavior which runs counter to expectations of performance based on observed dominance. Generalization of receptive learning to expressive performance was also assessed. Both children performed at sufficient levels to indicate learning was generalized from reception to expression.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Speech and Hearing Sciences