THE ROLE OF ACQUISITION AND LEARNING IN YOUNG CHILDREN BILINGUAL DEVELOPMENT
Eqrem Cabej University (ALBANIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:This paper takes a social-cultural approach to exploring the factors that enhance young children bilingual development. The language experts presented were gathered as part of a three-year Early Childhood Center of Innovation project. Data gathered in this project challenge position that young children will generally acquire another language through subconscious osmosis, rather than through the conscious effort of learning. Evidence is put forward that illustrates how young children bilingual development is in fact mediated by their teachers and peers, as well as the cultural tools provided in the environment and the nature of the language input itself. Young children are also revealed as active language learners who interact collaboratively with others and with their environment. Thus, the value of early childhood teachers in taking a more proactive role to support the process of young children bilingual development is affirmed.
Keywords: Bilingual education, community of learners, early childhood, learning, acquisition, mediation, social-cultural.