Presenter's Name(s)

Amanda Sue KoffinkFollow

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Lauren Mackillop

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Education and Social Services

Program/Major

Human Development and Family Studies

Primary Research Category

Professional Studies

Secondary Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Title

Spanish Language Acquisition among Two-year-olds: A case study

Time

3:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Social Sciences

Abstract

The objective of the current study was to understand Spanish language acquisition among two-year-olds with English as their first language. The study investigates what learning Spanish looks like for them, and how learning Spanish impacts their communication skills. The researcher read Spanish books and played Spanish games with N=10 two-year-olds in their school and observed what teaching methods best allowed them to learn Spanish. The researcher also observed how their understanding of a second language affects their overall communication skills. Results from this study will be able to provide parents with children who speak English as a first language information on potential effects of teaching their children a second language. However, the results of this study are limited since this research is a single case study where only ten children are being studied.

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Spanish Language Acquisition among Two-year-olds: A case study

The objective of the current study was to understand Spanish language acquisition among two-year-olds with English as their first language. The study investigates what learning Spanish looks like for them, and how learning Spanish impacts their communication skills. The researcher read Spanish books and played Spanish games with N=10 two-year-olds in their school and observed what teaching methods best allowed them to learn Spanish. The researcher also observed how their understanding of a second language affects their overall communication skills. Results from this study will be able to provide parents with children who speak English as a first language information on potential effects of teaching their children a second language. However, the results of this study are limited since this research is a single case study where only ten children are being studied.