Elizabeth D  Peña, Ph D  CCC, University of California, Irvine

Elizabeth D Peña, Ph D CCC, University of California, Irvine

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

In the United States one out of every
five children speaks a language other than English at home in some states like
Texas, California, New York, Florida that number is 2 out of every 5 children are
shaped by the language or languages that they hear in a bilingual context they
have to learn the sounds of each of their two languages they hear words in
each of their two languages they need to learn the grammar of each of their
languages because bilingual children lead lives that move between languages
they have less exposure to each of them but this doesn’t appear to be a big
disadvantage for language learning nonetheless it’s important to know that
their two languages will influence each other you’ll see influences in
perception and production you’ll see influences in what words children know
whether they know them in one language or two and you’re going to see
influences on the grammatical structures that they learn early those they learn
late and those that are more likely to have errors this all has implications
for how we do assessment we need to develop strategies that consider how
different levels of exposure to more than one language affect children’s
speech and language perception comprehension and production