Are His Errors Due to Native Language Influence?
Course Type: PowerPoint Video
Taking into account speech, language, and culture, we aim to provide educators with a solid framework and information about many languages to support their understanding of speech and language development in English Language Learners. We explore Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and other languages to help SLPs support English Language Learners.
Participants will be able to:
- Utilize a Language Interaction Framework to enhance understanding of speech and language patterns in English Language Learners.
- Apply the Language Interaction Framework to many languages.
- Identify characteristics consistent with language development in English language learners.
- Analyze and interpret results from language samples of English language learners.
- Describe expected versus unexpected errors.
Both linguistic and cultural knowledge are critical when working with families and children from different language backgrounds (Goldstein, 2012).
Our goal in exploring the most commonly spoken languages in the United States is to enhance our understanding of patterns common to English language learners with different native languages. Our framework for analyzing errors provides parents, teachers, and other educators with the process they need to determine whether language production errors are indicative of language impairment or are the result of the normal process of language acquisition with more than one language. It is a very simple framework—if sounds/structures exist in both languages, they should not be affected in second language production. If sounds/structures do not exist in both languages, we expect transfer of skills or features from one language to another.
Taking into account sound systems, language structures, and cultural differences, we aim to provide educators with a solid framework and detailed linguistic and cultural information to support their understanding of their students’ language skills. An enhanced understanding of the ways languages interact will help educators identify goals for students in the classroom, help differentiate students who need support from special education and students who do not, and will preserve precious special education resources for those who need them.