Study of Language Development in
Internationally Adopted Children
Learning English in the First Year
During the first year in the
A special thanks to the all of the families who participated in this
study! This study, which started in 2002, is nearly complete and we are hard at
work reviewing all of the information that you have provided. Two papers have
already been published, they are linked below. Both of these papers include
only children adopted from
Geren, J., Snedeker, J., & Ax, L. (2005). Starting over: A preliminary study of early lexical and syntactic development in internationally-adopted preschoolers. Seminars in Speech & Language, 26:44-54.
Snedeker, J., Geren, J., & Shafto, C.L. (2007). Starting over: International adoption as a natural experiment in language development. Psychological Science, 18:79-87.
Continuing Language Development
What happens beyond the earliest stages of English language learning? Our first study showed that initial language development occurred quite rapidly but what happens over the following years as children continue the process of “catching” up with their native English speaking peers? A second ongoing study examines English development in the years following adoption. If you would like to know more about this study or have a 4-10 year old adopted child who may be interested in participating please visit the Language and Early Literacy page.
Thank you for your interest in our research! Please feel free to contact us at 617-384-8357 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
This material is based upon work generously supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0418423. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.