Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Final Paper: Research in progress

"Bilingual children with relatively equal exposure to English and Spanish averaged more errors than did bilingual children who were predominantly exposed to English."

- from English Speech Sound Development in Preschool-Aged Children From Bilingual English-Spanish Environments, Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in Schools; Jul2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p314-328, 15p, 4 charts, 2 graphs

"Historically, all languages undergo changes and mix with other languages over time "

-from McWhorter, J. H. (2001). The power of Babel: A natural history of language. New York: Times Books.

Multilingualism is defined as “the . . . ability to use several languages to varying degrees of proficiency and for different purposes” (Beacco and Byram 2003: 8).

from Beacco, J.-C. and M. Byram (2003) Guide for the development of language education policies in Europe, Draft 1 (rev). Strasbourg: Council of Europe, Language Policy Division.


The Common European Framework for Reference for Languages as the ability defines Multilingualism is “to use languages for the purpose of communication and to take part in intercultural action, where a person, viewed as a social agent, has proficiency, of varying degrees, in several languages and of several cultures”

- from Council of Europe (2001) Common European framework of reference for languages. Cambridge University Press

Go Teletubies. Pretty good dancers eh?

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