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Immersion Education in the Early Years

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Worldwide, more parents are opting for immersion pre-schooling for their children in order to benefit from its linguistic, educational, and cultural benefits. This immersion can be either bilingual or monolingual, aimed at early second language learning, or at language maintenance – offering minority language children mother-tongue support and enrichment. This book examines some of the key issues and policy concerns relating to immersion education in the early years. The term itself can be difficult in some political contexts, as can the differing outcomes noted by studies comparing monolingual programmes, and bilingual programmes for minority language children. The importance of training in immersion methodology for educators is discussed, as is the need to adapt preschool pedagogical practices to the immersion context, in order to provide optimal input for young language learners. One of the most pressing discussions surrounds differentiated provision – ensuring that the varying needs of children with language impairment, typical second language learners, and mother-tongue speakers with significant socioeconomic or linguistic disadvantages are all met. Overall, the book explores the challenges currently facing the sector, particularly with regard to training and professional development for practitioners, and the provision of appropriate materials in less widely used languages. Given the documented benefit of high quality immersion pre-schooling, this book fulfils an urgent need to increase the recognition of the sector. This book was published as a special issue of International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Author : R. E. (Rosemary Elaine) Young
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Approaches to Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Author : Francis Wardle
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This book covers a vast range of different philosophical and practical approaches to early education, from Free/Open schools and Waldorf education, to the Core Curriculum and the learning standards approach of the U.S. federal No Child Left Behind Act. By the early years it is meant the ages from infancy through the end of elementary school. While some of the approaches, such as Montessori and Reggio Emilia, are best known for the pre-school years, and the standards approach is best know for American K-12 education, there is more and more overlap and merging across early childhood and elementary education approaches, world-wide. All the approaches covered in this text can be seen in programs from infancy through the end of elementary school, even if each may focus on a certain age within this time frame. We are seeing major changes in infant, pre-kindergarten and elementary school education approaches, world-wide. These changes are the result of several major factors, including the extensive and powerful new brain research; globalisation of markets, ideas, and the Internet; rapid demographic shifts in many developed countries, and a move to more universal education in developing countries and more universal pre-school programs in developed countries. Thus, the focus of this book in describing a variety of current education approaches, with a detailed description of their historical and philosophical foundations and their current practice is very timely.

A Parents and Teachers Guide to Bilingualism

Author : Colin Baker
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Provides a question-and-answer introduction to bilingualism for parents and teachers, written in plain language. Material is in sections on family questions, language development, potential problems with bilingualism, reading and writing, types of bilingual education, achievement and underachievement, and language in the classroom. This second edition examines the influence of the Web on bilingualism, benefits for children who have a less well developed second language, employment and bilingualism, and mixed language marriages. Baker teaches education at the University of Wales. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The New Zealand Official Year book

Author : New Zealand. Department of Statistics
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Immersion Education

Author : Dr. Diane J. Tedick
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This volume builds on Fortune and Tedick’s 2008 Pathways to Multilingualism: Evolving Perspectives on Immersion Education and showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program design, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way and indigenous programs. Contributors present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Questions explored include: What possibilities for program design exist in charter programs for both two-way and indigenous models? How do studies on learner outcomes lead to possibilities for improvements in program implementation? How do existing policies and practices affect struggling immersion learners and what possibilities can be imagined to better serve such learners? In addressing such questions, the volume invites readers to consider the possibilities of immersion education to enrich the language development and educational achievement of future generations of learners.

Opportunities and Potential Problems of Two Way Immersion Programs in the U S

Author : Imke Meyer
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,3, University of Paderborn, language: English, abstract: Bilingual education in the U.S. has always been subject to lively discussions. Are immigrant children, who have recently come to the U.S., supposed to assimilate into English as fast as possible or should they maintain their native language when entering the American school system? Unfortunately, current English immersion and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs tend to choose the first option. In most cases, minority language students (those who speak a language other than English) are placed in programs which are of a subtractive nature: Rapid transition into the English language not only replaces the native language of these children, but also neglects the culture and heritage connected with that language. Besides this serious concern for minority language students, there is another problem with lan-guage learning in the U.S.: Language majority students (those who only speak Eng-lish) receive an average of two years of foreign language instruction in high school, which does not even come close to develop fluency (Frengel: 2003: 47). All things considered, the U.S. seriously risks becoming a monolingual society in a multicul-tural world. A program which has the potential to solve this problem is the so-called Two-Way Immersion Program (TWI). The special advantage of a TWI program is that it integrates language minority and language majority students in one classroom and provides instruction to all students in both the minority as well as the majority lan-guage. The central goal of these programs is full bilingualism of both groups of stu-dents. Due to the high rates of immigrants entering the U.S. in the last 20 years, the need for TWI programs has increased enormously. Since the State of California has received the most immigrants with ar

Faultlines

Author : Jeffrey Simpson
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Teacher Education Quarterly

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French Immersion and School Boards

Author : Canadian Education Association
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Pathways to Multilingualism

Author : Tara Williams Fortune
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Aimed at facilitating cross-context dialogue & knowledge exchange, this volume brings together an international roster of scholars to offer theoretical perspectices, research reviews & empirical studies on teaching, learning & language development in immersion education.

Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years

Author : Sandra Smidt
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Shortlisted for the Nasen Book that supports SEN and Disability Issues Award 2008 Are children who are exposed to more than one language from birth at an advantage or a disadvantage when starting school? Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Early Years examines the theoretical, ideological and practical issues involved in the education of children speaking two or more languages coming to settings which are predominantly monolingual. The book examines current research and thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of being multilingual and tackles complex topics such as: what being multilingual implies in terms of prior learning and why this matters in education the importance of respect for diversity and encouraging children to be proud of their language and culture practical ways to help young children acquire English ways of working with parents who themselves have little or no English the differences and difficulties involved in a child learning an additional language so early on in their lives strategies for exploring the learning of multilingual learners and a review of the resources and activities that could help. Sandra Smidt views multilingualism as a cognitive advantage and shows how Early Years practitioners can use interactive styles of learning to focus on the benefit that the many cultures and languages in the classroom can bring to children’s learning and development. Written in a highly accessible tone, this book offers practitioners a mix of practical case studies and examples in which theory is embedded and its importance explained. Students of early childhood education will also appreciate the author's carefully structured approach to the topic, as she includes summary boxes, glossaries and points for reflection in each chapter.

An Early Start

Author : Michael G. Clyne
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This book presents an evaluation of several second language learning programs in Victorian primary schools, which commenced as the result of departmental policy to introduce a second language program in primary schools in the early 1980s. The language chosen was German. The authors evaluate the various programs and cover the development of the four skills in German, the assessment of the different models, the effects of starting at different ages between 6 and 9, the influence of the children's attitudes, the effect of the German program on other subjects, and the impact of the program on children from German-speaking families.

Current Index to Journals in Education

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Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Author : Eva Essa
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Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 5E offers all of the tried and true, comprehensive information available in previous editions, along with many new and pertinent features and benefits. Most importantly, this book provides a fully comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. Readers will have at their fingertips an introduction to the field of early childhood education that is grounded in constructivist theory but also covers other theories. With a focus on developmentally appropriate for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary school children, and children with special needs, the book also includes extensively revised subsections covering appropriateness within a range of relevant topics, including the scope and need of the field of early childhood education; families, teachers and caregivers; and goals, objectives, and evaluations. The bulk of the book examines curriculum, fostering creativity, as well as physical, cognitive, language, and social development. Every facet of early childhood education is examined and explained, and with the new enhancements, will leave each reader with a thorough and comprehensive education. There is also new information about professional development to help guide the reader into the field of early childhood education. With a strong focus on DAP (developmentally appropriate practice) as well as updated references, examples from practitioners and additional legislation information, this book has become the most comprehensive resource available.

Early Childhood Education

Author : Merlin W. Wahlstrom
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French Second Language Education in Canada

Author : Sharon Lapkin
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"The thirteen chapters in this volume present recent empirical studies in French second language education in Canada. Many of them are based on thesis research or reports for school boards and provincial and federal agencies. They are theoretically grounded in current paradigms and employ leading-edge research methodologies. The studies address a wide range of substantive issues, including core French and immersion program design and outcomes, classroom studies, teacher development, and social and administrative perspectives on FSL education." "The authors are all active researchers from across Canada. This book will be useful to FSL and language teachers in general, and to researchers, administrators, and policy makers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism

Author : Colin Baker
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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a straightforward style, it discusses bilingualism at individual, language minority group and national levels. Written as a foundational textbook for students and teachers, it provides a detailed and integrated map of bilingualism and bilingual education.

Perspectives on Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Author : Stuart Reifel
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Language and Identity in a Dual Immersion School

Author : Kim Potowski
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This book describes the experiences of a group of students in Chicago, Illinois, who are attending one of the first Spanish-English dual immersion schools in the United States. The author follows the group during two school years, documenting their Spanish use and proficiency, as well as how their two languages intersect with the ongoing production of their identities.