Journal article

Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia

Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, Eline Adrienne Smit

Frontiers in Education | Frontiers Research Foundation | Published : 2020

Abstract

Despite well-established research that documents the intellectual, linguistic, sociocultural and familiar benefits of early childhood bilingualism, Australia's provision of heritage language (HL) support in early childhood (EC) settings is fairly minimal, resulting in little to no access to the HL outside of the home. We report on language data from a long day care preschool that has an open bilingual policy, where two languages (HL and English) are used in naturalistic interactions between children and educators. While the quantity of language input and output is known to impact on language proficiency, there are no prior studies which focus on establishing the quantitative nature of natura..

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