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Early Second Language Acquisition

Identify the three fundamental pillars of PETaL EMJMD

Here you see can find some information to understand the relevance of the this three fundamental pillars on PETaL EMJMD is based

  • ECE
  • P&T
  • ESLA
  • IE

ECE: Early Childhood Education

P&T: Play & Toys

ESLA: Early Second Language Acquisition

IE: Intercultural Education

Infants learn language with remarkable speed, but how they do it remains a mystery. Social interaction with another human being definitely affects speech learning, and the brain’s commitment to the statistical and prosodic patterns that are experienced early in life might help to explain why infants are better language learners than adults. Early Second Language Acquisition (ESLA) is a must for ECE teachers who will develop their careers within 21st century society, where bilingual education is at the heart of Europe and European educational policies. There is no attempt at any European policy document to promote a lingua franca to the detriment of any indigenous European language. “Every European should have meaningful communicative competence in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue. This is an ambitious goal, but all the progress already made by several Member States shows that this is attainable” (European Commission 2003, p. 10). So, the policies of the EC are in line with many of the main objectives of PETaL EMJMD.