Projects
Project
One plus one is more than two: What lies beneath the foreign language learning advantage of child bilinguals? 01.09.2023 to 31.08.2028
General project description

Bilingual pupils often perform better in English and other foreign languages compared to their monolingual peers. This holds for typically-developing children and pupils with developmental language disorder (DLD). But the underlying causes of the bilingual advantages are possibly different for children with and without DLD. In this project, we aim to discover why bilingualism offers benefits in foreign language learning. To this end, learners’ progress in English is studied in relation to the development of their cognitive skills, motivation and proficiency in the school language (Dutch) and the home language (Turkish or Polish). 

Role
Researcher
Funding
NWO grant
External project members
  • Prof. dr. Johanne Paradis (University of Alberta)