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English exposure in the home and classroom: Predictions to Spanish-speaking preschoolers' English vocabulary skills

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Palermo, Francisco; Mikulski, Ariana M.; Fabes, Richard A.; Hanish, Laura; Martin, Carol Lynn; Stargel, Lauren E.
Date Issued: November, 2014
Description: This study examined the combined and unique contributions of home, teacher, and peer English exposure levels on Spanish-speaking preschoolers' (N = 107) English receptive and expressive vocabulary skills. The combined levels of English exposure during the fall of preschool were positively associated with children's English receptive and expressive vocabulary skills in the spring. Furthermore, English exposure levels at home were uniquely and positively associated with children's English receptive and expressive vocabularies, whereas peer English exposure levels were uniquely and positively associated with children's English expressive vocabulary. Teachers' English exposure levels were not uniquely associated with children's English vocabulary. The findings highlight the importance of the home environment and peer experiences in the classroom for maximizing Spanish-speaking children's early English vocabulary skills. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Applied Psycholinguistics
Volume Number: 35
Issue Number: 6
Page Range: 1163-1187
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Cognitive Development

Children & Child Development > Children with Special Needs & Special Child Populations > Native Language
Country: United States
ISSN: 0142-7164 Paper
1469-1817 Online
Peer Reviewed: yes
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