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June 21, 2004

Language Loss During the '5-to-7 Shift'

Marshall Childs' latest Practical Linguist column in the Daily Yomiuri was an interesting look at the "5-to-7 shift," the stage of psychological development when children become able to do many things for the first time. These include sitting still in class, following teachers instructions and other aspects of the daily school routine. Not all children develop the skills at the same time, this being a major source of frustration for many teachers of the early grades. Childs also looks at "language loss" at this age, and gives examples that will be of interest to any parent or teacher of children who have experienced a change in their language environment.
Language loss during the '5-to-7 shift'

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