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Prepare SLPs and educators to support the growing bilingual population

Dual Language Development & Disorders

A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, Third Edition

By Johanne Paradis, Ph.D.Fred Genesee, Ph.D.Martha B. Crago, Ph.D.

One third of young children living in the United States are dual language learners, and the number of bilingual students is on the rise in countries around the world. Prepare SLPs and educators to support this growing population with the third edition of this bestselling textbook, developed by three influential experts on bilingual language development and aligned with Head Start guidelines on cultural and linguistic responsiveness.

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What’s new in the third edition

  • New chapter on supporting heritage language development in children with immigration backgrounds
  • Important updates throughout the book on best practices and recent research findings from the field
  • Updated student-friendly features, including learning outcomes at the start of each chapter, tables and figures that illustrate key concepts and research, and Voices from the Field text boxes
  • Two downloadable parent questionnaires to help SLPs gather critical information when working with culturally and linguistically diverse children
  • New online companion materials: discussion questions and class activities for each chapter, plus a final integrative course project

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Supplement your teaching with these Online Companion Materials

  • Two downloadable parent questionnaires
  • Discussion questions for each chapter
  • Class activities for each chapter
  • Final integrative course project

Meet the authors

Johanne Paradis, Ph.D
Dr. Paradis completed her doctorate in psychology and pursued post doctoral studies in communication disorders, both at McGill University. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals on bilingual and second language children, both typically developing and with specific language impairment (SLI).
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Fred Genesee, Ph.D.
Dr. Genesee is the author of nine books and numerous articles in scientific, professional, and popular journals and publications. He has carried out extensive research on alternative approaches to bilingual education, including second/foreign language immersion programs for language majority students and alternative forms of bilingual education for language minority students.
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Martha B. Crago, Ph.D.
Dr. Crago has a bachelor of arts, master’s of science, and doctoral degrees from McGill University. Prior to becoming a professor in communication sciences and disorders at McGill, she worked as a speech-language pathologist. At present, Dr. Cragois McGill’s Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and Associate Provost (Academic Programs).
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View the table of contents

Section I: Foundations

  1. Introduction
  2. The Language–Culture Connection
  3. The Language–Neurocognition Connection

Section II: Understanding Bilingual and Second Language Development

  1. Language Development in Simultaneous Bilingual Children
  2. Code-Mixing in Bilingual Development
  3. Second Language Development in Children
  4. Heritage Language Development in Children
  5. Language Development in Internationally-Adopted Children
  6. Schooling in a Second Language

Section III: Dual Language and Disorders

  1. Language and Communication Disorders in Bilingual Children
    Appendix: The Normal Curve and Related Concepts
  2. Reading Difficulties in Bilingual Children


More resources

  • A handy resource that shows you what’s been added and updated in the new edition
  • A book excerpt that includes the full table of contents
  • A slide deck that provides a comprehensive overview of the new edition