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Language Proficiency

  • A Language-Focused Needs Analysis for ESL-Speaking Nursing Students in Class and Clinic
    Reports results of an extensive needs-analysis for English-as-a-Second-Language-speaking graduate nursing students. The analysis focuses on skills required for school, clinical practice, and interaction with a multicultural, socially stratified patient population.
  • Cultivating the Natural Linguist. Spotlight: Montessori--Multilingual, Multicultural
    Describes Montessori's vision of young children as natural linguists and how home and school can support children's natural abilities in one or more languages. Presents five basic principles of second-language acquisition--related to educational environment, the acquisition process, components of proficiency, and cultural context and time--and describes how they can be successfully met in a Montessori environment.
  • Home Language and Language Proficiency; A Large-Scale Longitudinal Study in Dutch Primary Schools
    Reports on a large-scale longitudinal study into the development of language proficiency of Dutch primary school children aged 7-10. Data on language proficiency and a range of background variables were analyzed.
  • Impact of Two-Way Immersion on Students' Attitudes toward School and College. ERIC Digest
    This digest reports on a study that examined the impact of participation in a two-way immersion program on the language and achievement outcomes of former program participants and on their current schooling path and college plans.
  • Language Barriers and Teaching Music
    Maintains that every public school student deserves an opportunity to study a musical instrument. Asserts that a limited command of English should not prevent a student from being accepted into instrumental music class or hinder that student's progress.
  • Language Strategies To Raise Achievement in Business Education
    Describes the difficulties low achieving students, many of whom are from ethnic minorities, have in dealing with the language of Business Studies in the British curriculum and suggests some strategies to raise language awareness within the discipline and increase the business vocabularies of students. (SLD).
  • Language, Literature, and Learning in the ESL Classroom
    Argues that English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teaching should begin with meaning through immersion in literature and incorporate language study. Describes offering an inclusive sampling of North American literature.
  • Multilingual Proficiency in Fiji Primary Schools
    Determined language proficiency among multilingual Indo-Fijian primary school children who have the languages, Fiji-Hindi, Standard Hindi, Urdu, English, Fijian, and Fijian English in their speech repertoire. Identifies the variables that affect multilingual proficiency in this group and determines whether classroom practice reflects educational policy.
  • Why Language Learning Matters
    Most education systems prepare their students to function in the national language and at least one additional language. However, only one-third of U.S.