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eaching and measuring tools for bilingualism have not yet been sufficiently developed, evidences that bilingualism is good and productive for individuals point to the direction that more work be conducted in refining both teaching and measuring tools.
A bilingual person is someone who speaks two languages. A person who speaks more than two languages is called multilingual (Birner n.d.). According to Chan (1998) the definition of bilingualism can be arbitrary due to different connotations for different people. Bloomfield, an American linguist defines bilingualism as a native like control of two languages. Thiéry, a French linguist defines a true bilingual as one who can at all times be taken for a native speaker by native speakers of either language. Haugen, a Norwegian-American linguist says that bilingualism starts when a speaker of one language can produce complete and meaningful utterances in another language. Diebold states its compliment that a type of bilingualism commences when a person begins to understand utterances in a second language.
Bilingualism or multilingualism is no longer a rarity in today’s world. With the promotion of English as the global language most societies today know English as well as a native language and sometimes even a regional language. A lot of people, too, especially those who function in international circles have become multilingual in order to accomplish their everyday tasks. People become bilingual by acquiring two languages at the same time in childhood as in the case of most countries where the medium of instruction is different from the native language or in cases where the educational system provides for learning more than one language. Bilingualism can also be achieved by deliberately learning a second language, like in the case of migrants who have to learn a second language if they have migrated to a place where a different language is used.
In order to develop bilingualism, the individual must be exposed to both
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Their similarity is that they all speak Spanish yet are different in other aspects of life (Schaefer, 2006). The high Hispanic number poses a great dilemma of whether to support multilingual politics or not. Multilingualism raises a question of whether the US as a nation should have Italian, German, Chinese, Spanish or even Iranian senators (Schaefer, 2006).
This is particularly so when the new language has no connection to their first language and their specific cultures. The typical challenges can be in phonics, and can be syntactic, textual and semantic in nature. In meeting these challenges children may have specific disadvantages as well as advantages (Hall, Larson and Marsh 2003, p.
According to the research conducted, it has been proved that there are several aspects in nature that can be used as a therapy to people suffering from brain injury. Based on the research, these executive functions of the brain are involved in the behavior control of an individual (Santrock, 2008).
Since the late 60's bilingualism in the United States has become an issue that brings forward an even deeper underlying situation: the immigration status in the United States, making the term bilingualism much more than a simple dictionary definition, there are moral issues awakened by these terms.
uage and culture groups as well as a great deal of immigrant cultures and languages, the American education system must deal with the separate issues inherent in each situation. In previous decades, immigration was slower and included more people from places like Europe and
The program also tries to provide instructions in chosen area of interest and language development in two languages.
“Two-way programs typically share the goals of bilingual proficiency, academic achievement,
Bilingualism refers to the ability to speak two languages by individuals, community, or recognition of it by institutions (Merriam-Webster, 2009, web). Bilingualism refers to a dynamic process in which bilinguals acquire a
The earliest studies in the field, conducted before 1960, revealed that bilingual children resulted linguistically handicapped when tested with such measures as verbal tests of intelligence or academic achievement. Later studies confirmed these findings and showed that bilingual children had relatively low literacy skills.
This paper illustrates that the people involved in imparting second language training to students as well as researchers must be aware of the relative significance and repercussions of bilingualism. Owing to its various benefits, it is imperative to comprehend and appreciate the relevance and influence of bilingualism.