Journal article

Preschoolers' lexical skills in two majority languages: Is there evidence for the onset of sequential bilingualism?

Daniela Gatt, Barbara Dodd

International Journal of Bilingualism | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


Aims and objectives: This study measured bilingual lexical skills in children just starting preschool and in others who had been attending preschool for one year. It aimed to investigate how children’s lexical abilities were influenced by length of contact with structured bilingual input at school, in a context where two majority languages are taught through the educational system. Methodology: The participants were 72 children starting their first and second year in preschool, aged 2;11–3;4 ( N = 35) and 3;11–4;4 years ( N = 37), respectively. The children came from Maltese-dominant homes and attended the same state preschool where, in line with established bilingual educational policy, the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the University of Malta (Research Grants CMTRP01-01, CMTRP01-02 and CMTRP01-03).