Second Language Acquisition in Children: Considerations for Assessment
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Audio CD and Manual, Additional Manual(s)
Johanne Paradis, PhD
When performing language assessments in multilingual contexts where English is the second language (L2), important questions must be answered before meaningful assessment can occur. What are the similarities and differences between the first language (L1) and L2 acquisition patterns for phonology, the lexicon and morphosyntax? What factors cause individual differences in children learning a L2? How long does it take for L2 children to perform as well as their native-speaking peers? What happens to the L1 of minority children learning English as an L2? This audio self-study provides an overview of the research on children learning a second language, with a special focus on informing language assessment in multilingual contexts when English is the L2.
You will be able to:
- discuss variables that may affect the rate of English language development of children who speak a minority L1
- identify the factors that influence individual differences in children’s L2 development
- distinguish between the linguistic characteristics of typical L2 development and language-impaired development
- provide better-informed advice about educational choices and language use in the home to parents and teachers of L2 children
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Instructor Disclosure: Not available. The content for this program was developed and published prior to the ASHA Continuing Education Board requiring instructional personnel to provide financial and nonfinancial disclosure statements.
5/29/2011 to 2/1/2014