The Relation Between Exposure to Sophisticated and Complex Language and Early-Adolescent English-Only and Language Minority Learners Vocabulary

Child Development, 05/18/2012

Results showed variation in students’ vocabulary skills and teachers’ language use. Hierarchical linear modeling techniques revealed that after controlling for classroom and school composition and students’ beginning–of–the–year scores, students’ end–of–the–year vocabulary skills were positively related to teachers’ use of sophisticated vocabulary and complex syntax, but not teachers’ total amount of talk.

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