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Bilingual Competence and Bilingual Proficiency in Child Development$
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Norbert Francis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016391

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016391.001.0001

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Metalinguistic Awareness, Bilingualism, and Writing

Metalinguistic Awareness, Bilingualism, and Writing

(p.202) (p.203) 8 Metalinguistic Awareness, Bilingualism, and Writing
Bilingual Competence and Bilingual Proficiency in Child Development

Norbert Francis

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the development of academic language proficiency, with an emphasis on children’s writing ability particularly children’s correction, revision, and editing of their own compositions. Drawing on the results of a study in Mexico, it discusses metalinguistic development and its relation to bilingualism, along with metalinguistic awareness in literacy and second language learning, children’s perceptions of focus on form and their development of a reflective posture toward writing, metalinguistic awareness as a component of literacy ability, and borrowing or codeswitching.

Keywords:   language proficiency, children, writing, Mexico, bilingualism, metalinguistic awareness, literacy, second language learning, borrowing, codeswitching

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