Developing in Two Languages: Korean Children in America by Sarah J. Shin

By Sarah J. Shin

Immigrant mom and dad are usually suggested by way of lecturers, medical professionals and speech therapists to forestall talking the local language at domestic in order to not confuse childrens with enter from languages. besides the fact that, this view isn't really supported by means of empirical linguistic and social proof. This e-book sheds gentle on the various universal myths round being bilingual and explores the approaches of twin language improvement between Korean childrens transforming into up within the usa. The booklet sensibly argues that the bilingualism of linguistic minority youngsters is a source to be cultivated, now not an issue to be conquer. additionally, it explores numerous academic, social and monetary pressures which abate intergenerational transmission of history languages, and discusses elements that give a contribution to profitable bilingual elevating of kids despite those pressures. A welcome boost to the growing to be literature on bilingual improvement, this publication bargains priceless feedback for fogeys, academics and coverage makers who're attracted to selling the improvement and upkeep of bilingual competence in linguistic minority young children.

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L. Kim, 1988: 254). 6 While this new legislation has had a dramatic impact on the volume and composition of Asian immigra- 44 Developing in Two Languages tion to the United States in general, the increase in the number of Korean immigrants since 1965 has been especially remarkable. While a sizable number of Korean women entered the United States as wives of US citizens after the Second World War, the total number of immigrants who arrived in the 1950s was only 6,231. In the 1960s, however, the number increased fivefold to 34,526 and in the 1970s, it increased again by nearly 800% – to 267,638 (Mangiafico, 1988: 80).

The typical Korean immigrant is young and married, with a preference for living in urban areas on either the West Coast or in the northeast, where there are high concentrations of Korean immigrants (Jo, 1999). g. Choe, 1980; Hurh, 1998; Hurh and Kim, 1984; Jo, 1999; Lee, 1991; Park, 1997). However, in this chapter, I can only discuss those aspects that are directly relevant to the understanding of the aspects of language use among Korean Americans. The subsequent sub-sections of this chapter deal in turn, with the following aspects of Korean Americans.

G. Cummins, 1996; Fishman, 1976; Hornberger, 1998). They suggest that reinforcing children’s conceptual base in their native language throughout elementary school (and beyond) will provide a foundation for long-term growth in English academic skills. There is consistent evidence that strong support of bilingual students’ first languages throughout elementary school contributes significantly to their academic success. A clear demonstration of the importance of promoting L1 literacy is provided by two large-scale studies involving children enrolled in bilingual education programs.

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