Young students' attitudes toward languages
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In this research study, the attitudes of English- and Spanish-speaking students from three Midwest states in the U.S., who were enrolled in second, and world language education programs in the early grades of elementary school (K-2) were evaluated and compared with the attitudes of students at the same grade levels enrolled in English-only programs in which no world languages were taught. One of the groups of young students was participating in a Spanish two-way immersion program and their attitudes were compared with the attitudes of students from the same school district in a similar comparative school with an English-only program. The other group of students was participating in a Chinese world language program. Their attitudes were compared with students at the same grade levels (K-2) in similar schools within the same school districts. In these comparative schools, however, there were no world language programs.
In general, students enrolled in Spanish two-way immersion programs or in the Chinese world language program demonstrate more positive attitudes toward languages than students enrolled in English-only programs.