Non English Language Learners : Children, Native, And Illinois, Texas, New York, Florida,

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Many English-Language learners live in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois, but other areas are experiencing sudden growth in this population. Non-English-speaking children, like nonstandard dialect speakers, tend to come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and attend schools with disproportionately high numbers of children in poverty; however, many will not fit this description. A large group of professional, foreign-born technology workers’ families reside in some urban areas. In the world today, in many countries it is “natural” to grow up speaking more than one language. More than 70 percent of the world’s population does so. Language –minority children can be defined as children who speak their native…show more content…
The following terms may be used in readings and research publications to describe second-language learners: bilingual leaner, English as a second-language student, student with limited English proficiency, language-minority learner, English-language learner, and linguistically diverse student. A bilingual child can be described as a child younger than 3 years of age who learns two (sometimes more) languages at the same time or a child who learns a second language after age 3. Sequential acquisition describes what occurs when a child starts to learn a second a language after the first language is only partially established- such as when a young child enrolls in a school where his native language is not spoken. Bilingual children initially might have smaller vocabularies when each language is considered separately. But when one considers that the memory capacity of young children is limited and this restricts their rate of vocabulary acquisition, it is understandable. Bilingual children have two sets of vocabularies to learn. At any particular point during development, one would expect them to know fewer vocabulary items in each language but approximately the same number when both languages are considered. Many experts suggest that if more than one language is spoken in the home and both languages are spoken well, the infant should be exposed to both from the beginning. However, if, as is so
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