Lu Yang, Aya Williams, Qing Zhou and Yuuko Uchikoshi
presented on ”Language Environment, Parental Attitudes
and Acculturation among Dual Language Learners in Head Start”
Abstract: Dual language learners (DLLs) make up 32% of young
children (age 0 to 8) in the U.S. (Park, O’Toole, & Katsiaficas,
2017). Spanish and Chinese are the top two home languages spoken
in DLLs’ families (Park, O’Toole, & Katsiaficas, 2017).
Preview of Lu Yang’s Dissertation Research (part 1): “Development
and Validation of a Motivation Survey for English Learners in
While considerable studies have examined students’ motivation in
English as a foreign language (EFL) contexts, a majority of them
focused on high school and university students. The motivation
survey items used in these studies may not be applicable to EFL
learners in elementary schools.
Hyun-Sook Kang at UIUC, Lindblad and Uchikoshi presented
a study on the development of tense and aspect in the
English narratives of dual language learners (DLLs) learning
English/Spanish or English/Cantonese. The frequency distribution
of English tense and aspect markers were analyzed in relation
to foregrounding and backgrounding in the
Bilingual Reading and the Brain Study Time 1 results were
presented at AERA: “Language Exposure and Language Proficiency:
English-Spanish Bilinguals in Dual-Language Immersion Programs”
in DLI Symposium ”Language and Literacy Development:
Immersion Education in the U.S. and Canada.”
Leung, G., Tong., R., Uchikoshi, Y. (2018). “Learning
Cantonese will help us”: Elementary school students’ perceptions
of dual language education. Bilingual Research Journal.
Published in relation to the Cantonese Dual Language
New publication: Lucero, A. & Uchikoshi, Y. (in
press). Narrative Assessment with 1st Grade Spanish-English
Emergent Bilinguals: Spontaneous versus Retell
Conditions. Narrative Inquiry. Included in Early
Literacy Study of Immigrant Children.
New publication: Uchikoshi, Y., Yang, L, & Liu, S. (2017).
Role of narrative skills on reading comprehension:
Spanish-English and Cantonese-English Dual Language
Learners. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary
Journal. http://rdcu.be/xZfh Research for
the Early Literacy Study of Immigrant Children.