Bilingual children's language learning in Australian early childhood education and care settings
Frank Niklas, Collette Tayler, Caroline Cohrssen
RESEARCH PAPERS IN EDUCATION | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018
Early language ability is a strong predictor of later language and reading outcomes. Whilst young children with home languages that differ from the dominant language spoken in their country of residence may lag behind their peers in literacy and academic achievement, effective supports for young dual-language users may be overlooked in mainstream learning contexts. We used data from the Australian E4Kids longitudinal study to test how N = 343 bilingual children’s development of verbal abilities was associated with the overall attendance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings with varying quality (kindergarten/preschool and other formal ECEC programmes) and with environmental r..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council
This work was supported by Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme [grant number LP0990200]; the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training; and the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training.