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Title: The relationship between the learning of English and the learning of a second language in pre-schoolers
Authors: Chang, Agnes Shook Cheong
Keywords: Pre-school children
Second language acquisition
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Singapore Journal of Education, 14(1), 67-79
Abstract: Educators and parents are concerned with the optimal age of introducing a second language to children. This study attempted to find out whether young pre-school children are able to handle two languages competently. Children between the ages of 3.5 and 6 were assessed on a number of language tasks in both English and the mother tongue. Results show that young children found difficulty in learning two languages simultaneously, but the degree of difficulty varied according to the types of second language and the extent of exposures to the two languages in question.
ISSN: 0129-4776
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles - Singapore Journal of Education

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