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Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Sign Language on Second Language Acquisition

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: This action research project examined the effects of sign language on the ability of primary students to learn new Spanish vocabulary in a bilingual Montessori classroom. The research took place at a public charter Montessori school in Washington, District of Columbia. Twenty-seven primary school aged children were included in this seven-week study. Sources of data collection included a parent-teacher questionnaire, a baseline assessment, daily observation logs, a daily checklist, a weekly journal, and a summative assessment. Students were grouped by Spanish fluency and taught eight different vocabulary words in Spanish. Half of the words were taught alongside a sign in American Sign Language and the other half were taught without an accompanying sign. The summative assessment data showed that students of all ages displayed a significant increase in their ability to recall new Spanish vocabulary words that were introduced with an accompanying sign in American Sign Language. Future research could examine the roles of sign language and gesturing in helping children recall vocabulary in the long-term.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

Article

Preschool Second-Language Acquisition: A Parent Involvement Program to Reinforce Classroom Learning

Available from: ProQuest

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 15, no. 2

Pages: 23–24

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Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Article

Second-Language Acquisition in Irvine's Public Schools [Irvine, California]

Available from: University of Connecticut Libraries - American Montessori Society Records

Publication: Public School Montessorian, vol. 2, no. 4

Pages: 8

Bilingualism, Language acquisition, Public Montessori

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Language: English

ISSN: 1071-6246

Article

CD-ROM Taal: taalbeschouwing, taaldozen, taalsymbolen en ontleden [CD-ROM Language: language reflection, language boxes, language symbols and parsing]

Publication: MM: Montessori mededelingen, vol. 24, no. 2

Pages: 32-33

Language acquisition, Language arts, Montessori method of education

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Language: Dutch

ISSN: 0166-588X

Master's Thesis

Acquisition of English as a Second Language for Hispanic Immigrant Adults with Low Academic and Socioeconomic Levels in the United States of America Through a Proposed Montessori Approach / Adquisición del Inglés como Segunda Lengua en Adultos Hispanos Inmigrantes con Bajo Nivel Académico y Socioeconómico en Estados Unidos de América: Proponiendo un Enfoque Montessori

Available from: American Montessori Society

Adult education, Americas, Immigrants, Language acquisition, Language development, Montessori method of education, North America, United States of America

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Language: English

Published: San Pedro Garza García, Mexico, 2017

Doctoral Dissertation

Birth to Three Language Acquisition: Influences of Ambient Language in the Montessori Setting

Available from: Long Island University - Institutional Repository

Language development, Montessori method of education - Evaluation

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Abstract/Notes: There is an expanse of literature looking at various topics supporting Montessori education, especially in preschool; however, there is a lack of research in infant and toddler Montessori classrooms. Most of the empirical data regarding language acquisition has focused on the child’s acquisition of vocabulary through direct instruction, rather than the learning capability from overhearing a third party in a naturalistic setting. The purpose of this intervention study was to add to the limited empirical research on language acquisition in infant and toddler Montessori environments. More specifically, the intervention assessed if infants and toddlers could indirectly acquire new vocabulary through the Absorbent Mind from teachers and peers’ ambient dialogue during the Montessori three-period lesson. The research utilized a descriptive, correlational pre-and-post quasi-experimental design to assess and analyze vocabulary and ambient language. Data collection occurred in three Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and American Montessori Society (AMS) infant and toddler mixed-aged environments throughout New York State and Maryland. The Language Environmental Analysis (LENA) system was used to analyze audio recordings. Transcriptions of audio recordings quantified vocabulary acquisition and ambient language. Paired t-tests and ANCOVA were used to analyze children’s acquired vocabulary. A fidelity scale analyzed the extent to which Montessori trained teachers adhered to the three-period lesson intervention. The findings provide opportunities to improve infant and toddler teachers' classroom practice related to language acquisition. Suggestions were offered for early childhood teacher preparation programs.

Language: English

Published: Brookville, New York, 2021

Article

First Language Reading Skills Transfer to Second Language

Publication: El Boletin [Comité Hispano Montessori], no. 22

Pages: 2

Bilingualism, Comité Hispano Montessori - Periodicals, Language acquisition

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Language: English

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Language Acquisition: Effectiveness of Collaboration on Teacher Practices and Beliefs

Available from: St. Catherine University

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Abstract/Notes: The effectiveness and challenges of teacher collaboration as a tool to drive teaching outcomes has been observed in various educational settings. This research project was designed to answer the question, “Would collaboratively creating a Useful Words Handbook for teachers increase the number of language teaching opportunities that could occur during the day?” This action research project, conducted in a Montessori preschool setting, focused on two classroom teachers who educate children between the ages of two and three. Three intervals were identified for data collection. Four weeks of collaboration on the Useful Words Handbook began after two weeks of baseline data collection, during which the frequency of language teaching opportunities were recorded. A weekly topic was presented to the teachers, who provided feedback the following week, in addition to ideas for improving the topic for the handbook. Collaboration involved creating an introduction and four topics about teaching useful phrases to early language learners. The data showed a positive correlation between collaboration and an increase in the number of teaching language opportunities that occur during the day. The data also show that while it is possible to make short-term changes in the classroom through collaboration, changing teacher beliefs about teaching language and collaboration remain a challenge that is characteristic of the teacher collaboration process. Investigating strategies to increase awareness about teaching language should continue.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2013

Article

The Acquisition of Spoken Language: The Nebula Hypothesis

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 14, no. 1

Pages: 71–78

North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals

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Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

Article

Language Acquisition

Publication: NAMTA Journal, vol. 26, no. 2

Pages: 1-7

Early childhood education, Infants, Language acquisition, Montessori method of education, North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA) - Periodicals, Parent and child, Second language acquisition, Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro - Writings

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Abstract/Notes: Discusses pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language acquisition that are part of a continuum of receptivity and communication every child experiences in the first 3 years of life. Suggests parents assist language development by being sympathetic to each developmental turning point, providing the right emotional climate for expression, and providing the infant's brain with rich linguistic experiences. (TJQ)

Language: English

ISSN: 1522-9734

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