Learning a second language is a complex social and cognitive process. It includes phases from pre-production, where children observe and respond but only with gestures. Over time, the child will progress into speech emergence and then ultimately gain fluency both in second language comprehension and communication.
Mother Goose Time offers tools, colorful visual aids, and hands-on projects that invite children from diverse language backgrounds to participate successfully in the learning community and daily routines. Engaging the child and encouraging him to express himself in the second language throughout the day builds natural connections between real-life and language concepts (Clark, 2000).
Second Language Acquisition skills and goals integrated within the Mother Goose Time Curriculum:
34 Approach to Second Language Acquisition
35 Comprehension of Second Language
36 Communication in Second Language