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Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 11–20 | Cite as

The Developing Bilingual Brain: What Parents and Teachers Should Know and Do

  • Kathleen A. J. Mohr
  • Stephanie M. Juth
  • Theresa L. Kohlmeier
  • Kayleen E. Schreiber
Article

Abstract

The field of neuroscience is now providing research findings about how the bilingual brain functions that can be used to promote richer and more successful dual-language development. This article summarizes recent research, then provides practical applications for parents and teachers of emergent bilinguals. Key understandings about how the brain processes first and subsequent languages are translated into ways to enrich instruction and family-based language and literacy experiences.

Keywords

Dual-language learners Language development Neuroscience Family-based language and literacy practices Research-based practices 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen A. J. Mohr
    • 1
  • Stephanie M. Juth
    • 2
  • Theresa L. Kohlmeier
    • 3
  • Kayleen E. Schreiber
    • 4
  1. 1.Utah State UniversityNorth LoganUSA
  2. 2.Utah State UniversitySmithfieldUSA
  3. 3.Utah State UniversityLoganUSA
  4. 4.University of IowaIowa CityUSA

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