Published on 22/04/12 at 22:48:09 GMT by Redaksjonen
Denmark, Aarhus: A new study shows that 98.3 percent of all bilingual preschool children need language stimulation already when they are 3 years old.
This year is the seventh time that the Aarhus municipality is testing the language skills of kindergarten children in the eastern municipality, but this year is the first time one can compare the results of language mapping between 3-year-old children and first graders in elementary schools.
- More than two-thirds of the children had a language progress. For more than half of the children there have been marked a progress. In other terms, the three-year old children experienced a progree that normally would have taken more than three years to achieve, writes Aarhus municipality in an article.
Adviser in the local children and youth department, Christian Wurtz, told folkeskolen.dk that the children's language is simply inadequate when they begin in kindergarten.
- Virtually among all bilingual children, and among more than one in ten children with Danish as their mother tongue, we observe a poorer language skills than age would indicate, says Kristian Wurtz.
Now he suggests that the state will invest 15 million Danish Crowns to enhance the strengthening of language development in kindergarten. Both in Aarhus and Copenhagen municipality there has been designated the so-called resource schools where needs for children with delayed language development.
Facts - Language Mapping of newly arrived students in the school consists of three materials that are specifically designed to uncover the linguistic needs of beginners with Danish as a second language. - On the basis of the results from the language mapping the students are subdivided with Danish as a second language in three different groups according to their language needs: 1. Group M: The child will need basic instruction in Danish as a second language. 2. Group A: The child does not have an "insignificant need" for the teaching of Danish as a second language, and the municipalities will choose themselves whether the child should be offered basic training in Danish as a second language. 3. Group F: The child has a minimal need for instruction in Danish as a second language and the school can choose for themselves whether the child should be offered basic training in Danish as a second language.
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