Snapshot 41

Relationship of English-Only to Young Children's Social and Language Skills
FPG Child Development Institute
March, 2007

A recent study shows that English-only policies may not help children with English proficiency, and may actually harm children in other ways. Researchers showed that Spanish-speaking children with teachers who spoke some Spanish in the classroom were rated by their teachers as having better social skills and closer relationships with their teachers than children with teachers who did not speak Spanish in the classroom.

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