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Language Development and Education: Children With Varying Language Experiences

Language Development and Education: Children With Varying Language Experiences (Hardback)

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We now know much more about the process of language development in all children, and also much more about variations in the process due to multi-cultural and multi-linguistic backgrounds, and developmental anomalies. The book describes both the remarkable changes in language knowledge and use that occur from infancy through high school, and also the differences in the process due to variations in experience. What has been found to be good educational practice during each of these stages is discussed, emphasising that among other things, good practice involves awareness of, and planning for, diversity in the abilities of children.

PAULA MENYUK is Professor Emerita in the Developmental Studies and Applied Linguistics programs at Boston University, USA. Prior to that appointment she was a member of the research staff in speech communication and linguistics at MIT. She received the Highest Honours of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association in 1992. She has published numerous articles and five books on the subjects of language development in normally developing children and in those with handicapping conditions. MARIA ESTELA BRISK is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, USA. Her research and teacher-training interests include bilingual education, bilingual language and literacy acquisition, methods of teaching literacy, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners.

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