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Normal Sequential Bilingual Language Development and Proficiency Attainment

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—This 31 page introductory material describes the sequence of typical sequential bilingual language development. It is part of several comprehensive bilingual assessment materials found HERE as a part of a “Multicultural Assessment and Treatment Bundle”  AND  HERE as an individual product entitled “Language Difference vs. Language Disorder: Assessment & Intervention Strategies for SLPs Working with Bilingual Children“.
Learning objectives:
  • —Discuss types of sequential bilingualism
  • —List stages of bilingual language acquisition
  • —Explain the difference between additive and subtractive bilingualism
  • —Review  academic language functions hierarchy
  • —Describe Unified Competition Model
  • —Discuss differences in L2 acquisition in younger and older learners

Presentation Content

  • Sequential Bilingualism
  • Stages of Sequential Language Acquisition
  • Bilingualism categorizations
  • A Note on Subtractive Bilingualism
  • Maintaining L1 while Learning L2
  • Language Proficiency: Terminology
  • Acquisition Time Frames: L2 vs. IA
  • Second Language Acquisition Model
  • What is Academic Language?
  • Academic Language Functions Hierarchy
  • Is there an optimal period for bilingual language acquisition?
  • What is Unified Competition Model
  • Sensitive period for ‘native-like’ L2 acquisition
  • Who learns faster: younger or older children?
  • Let’s talk about younger L2 learners
  • Let’s talk about older learners (before puberty)
  • Let’s talk about older learners (after puberty)
  • Affect of Age on L2 Acquisition
  • Factors influencing success of older learners
  • Conclusion
  • Helpful Smart Speech Therapy Resources
  • References


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