The stages of learning a second Language

What are the stages of learning a second Language? And where do you think Chaeryun is in this set of stages and why? List the characteristics from the case study that help you to make that determination.

Module 1: A Case Study- Chearyun Chearyun is a 4 year old girl. Her primary language is Korean. Her older brother, Gi, is in the third grade. Her father works as an engineer. Mom was a dentist but gave up her profession when she moved to America. The family moved from Korea for the fathers work exactly 1 year ago. The only one who has any knowledge of the English language in the family is the father, who has limited English skills. However, enough receptive English to build on and to support some basic communication needs. Chearyun attends a part-time play-based preschool. When her parents drop her off she waves and is heard softly speaking to parents. She has no issues with separation. She quickly enters the playground climbing structure to play but it does not appear that she has a specific playmate but does follow along with others in climbing and sliding in a particular direction. She moves to the outside writing center and she draws shapes of people, trees, flowers and animals. She has strong gross/fine motor skills and she is taller than her peers, eats with chopsticks, smiles at others, and appears aware of her surroundings. She does not shy away but uses pointing, pulling or nodding yes or no to convey a want or need. She appears to follow along with the group transitions easily. She hugs her teachers and stays engaged the majority of her time in the preschool. She does not use expressive language. She does not talk. On occasion, she has outbursts with loud crying and it usually results in finding out that there was some injustice or injury caused by a peer (i.e. different peer takes toys, pushes, or makes faces). It is difficult to console her and she will usually sob long and hard, resulting in a call to the parents to pick her up early due to emotional distress. During group times Chaeryun looks at the teacher but often drifts and begins to play quietly on the rug with a little hand toy (pony). She works well in the class and does not take toys or disrupt the play of others. She loves to paint, draw, do puzzles, water play or anything you put in front of her she appears curious and takes initiative. Module 1 Questions: What is your initial response to this case study? Using the resource link below p. 46: What are the stages of learning a second Language? And where do you think Chaeryun is in this set of stages and why? List the characteristics from the case study that help you to make that determination.

 

 

 

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