Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages

Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages

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Modern languages are offered to young learners at an increasingly early age in many countries; yet few publications have focused on what is available to children in different contexts. This volume fills this gap by documenting the state-of-the-art in researching young language learners using a variety of research methods. It demonstrates how young children progress and benefit from an early exposure to modern languages in different educational contexts, and how affective, cognitive, social, linguistic and classroom-related factors interact in the processes. A special strength is the range of languages: although English is the most widely learnt language, chapters focus on various target languages: Croatian, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian and the contexts include China, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Poland, the Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.study is 10, the shortest may be two years only (if students started the target language in year 9 after having learnt ... The low correlations indicate very slow progress for many students, and the earlier they study English or German, the better they will be over the years is a weak rule. ... Also, a stronger relationship would have been expected between years of study and scores in listening comprehension, anbsp;...

Title:Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages
Author:Marianne Nikolov
Publisher:Multilingual Matters - 2009-02-27


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