Review: For young ELLs, learning in 2 languages best
from Education Week
Instruction in English and in a child's home language in the preschool and early elementary years leads to the best outcomes for the youngest dual-language learners, both in terms of academic-content achievement and as English-language proficiency, a new research review and policy brief concludes. In fact, evidence suggests that total immersion in English in the preschool years for students who speak another language at home leads to a loss of their first language, as well as lower academic achievement in the long run, writes Linda M. Espinosa, an early childhood and dual-language expert. This latest review — which is an update to a policy brief that Espinosa wrote five years ago — draws on newer evidence about young dual-language learners to counter what the author calls "common myths" about these students.
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