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How do early childhood teachers understand and support the needs of young English language Learners

Cabezas, Carolina and Rouse, Elizabeth 2014, How do early childhood teachers understand and support the needs of young English language Learners, Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 57-78.

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Title How do early childhood teachers understand and support the needs of young English language Learners
Author(s) Cabezas, Carolina
Rouse, ElizabethORCID iD for Rouse, Elizabeth orcid.org/0000-0002-2889-5382
Journal name Asia-Pacific journal of research in early childhood education
Volume number 8
Issue number 1
Start page 57
End page 78
Total pages 22
Publisher Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Place of publication Korea
Publication date 2014-01
ISSN 1976-1961
Keyword(s) English languge learners
early childhood
teacher education
Summary In Australia, over one third of all children in Early Childhood programs speak a first language other than English. Despite considerable work into teachers' beliefs on cultural diversity, attention to aspects of second language acquisition in the Early Years has been limited within the Early Childhood field. This paper reports on a small study investigating how four early childhood educators understand theory of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and bilingualism, and how they cater for language-minority students in their programs. The findings revealed a complex interplay between the way participants interpret and support the needs of these children, their experience in the field, and professional education. The teachers in the study reveal various perspectives on how SLA and bilingualism manifest during the early years, and how they affect the learning of children with a Language Background other than English (LBOTE). The teachers also seemed to rely on experiential and intuitive approaches in planning and teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). This study brings new perspectives to understanding the nature of teachers' beliefs and practice regarding English language learners.
Language eng
Field of Research 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060701

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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