Early English-proficiency predicts later language and literacy skills

A new study from Australia using national AEDC data has investigated whether English-proficiency at 4-5 years of age later predicts language and literacy skills at 10-11 years of age. The study was authored by Kamelia Dennaoui, Ruth Jane Nicholls, Meredith O’Connor, Joanne Tarasuik, Amanda Kvalsvig, and Sharon Goldfeld. The authors found that bilingual children who begin school without English proficiency are at an increased risk for later language and literacy difficulties.

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