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Title: A Privilege and A Necessity Research Findings on Early Language Learning Experiences


1
A Privilege and A Necessity Research Findings
on Early Language Learning Experiences
  • Asian Languages BETAC
  • Pat Lo, Director

2
Language Around The World
  • Percentage of Proficient Speakers of Another
    Language
  • 9 of Americans
  • 53 of Europeans

3
Language Around The World
Monolinguals 1/3
Bilinguals Multilinguals 2/3
Crystal, 1997
4
Language Around The World
Children learning to speak only one language 1/3
Children learning to speak 2 or more languages 2/3
UN Report, 2002
5
Benefits of Being Bilingual
  • For the Adult
  • Job opportunities
  • Social circles
  • Perspectives
  • Appreciation and enjoyment
  • Less likely to develop Alzheimers

6
Benefits of Being Bilingual
  • For the Young Child
  • Enriches and enhances mental development
  • Improves overall school performance and
    problem-solving skills
  • Cultivates flexibility in thinking
  • Creates opportunity to communicate with others
  • Develops greater perspectives and appreciation
    for other cultures and the home culture

7
Cognitive Benefits of Knowing A Foreign Language
  • Classification skills
  • Concept formation
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Creativity
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Colin Baker, 1999

8
Benefits for Maintaining the Home Language
  • All of the above, plus
  • Creates a healthy self-esteem
  • Maintains close relationships with parents and
    grandparents

9
Research on Academic Success for Foreign Language
Learners
  • Ohio State World Languages FLES Programs
  • Toledo City Schools Study two schools with FLES
    program significantly outperformed all other
    schools in 6th 8th grade reading and math.
  • Cincinnati City Schools Study two schools with
    FLES and partial immersion programs outperformed
    schools without these programs.

10
Where is Ohio?
11
Research on Academic Success for Foreign Language
Learners
  • Ohio State World Languages FLES Programs
  • Columbus City Schools Study two schools with
    immersion programs outperformed schools without
    these programs.
  • Cleveland City Schools Study a dual immersion
    program outperformed all other schools in 6th
    8th grade reading and math.

12
Research on Academic Success for Foreign Language
Learners
  • College Bound Seniors The 1992 Profile SAT and
    Achievement Test Takers
  • SAT Verbal Students with 4 or more years of
    foreign language study scored higher
  • SAT Math Students with 4 or more years of
    foreign language study scored about the same with
    those who studied 4 years of math

13
Leaning a Language vs. Learning in a Language
  • Contact time
  • Depth and breadth of the target language
  • Cultural exposure

14
Why Korean?
  • Korea is ranked 14th in its Gross Domestic
    Product (GDP) or Purchasing Power Parity. CIA
    the world Fact book
  • The nation's GDP per capita has grown from only
    100 in 1963 to a record-breaking 10,000 in 1995
    to 24,600 in 2007.
  • Korea is eager to enter the world political
    arena.
  • There are few educational institutions offering
    Korean language programs.
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