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How Children Learn a Second Language

By Linda Halgunseth — Diversity in Education Special Edition Contributor

Updated on May 17, 2010

In the 1970s, my early childhood provider advised my immigrant Mexican American mother to stop speaking Spanish with me at home. They were concerned because, as a 2 year old, I was not as verbal as my peers. Worried that she was causing me harm, my mother immediately stopped speaking to me in Spanish.
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