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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Volume 34, Issue 6, November–December 2013, Pages 328–335
The aim of this study was to examine whether shyness is a risk factor for second language acquisition in immigrant preschoolers. Results from studies on first language acquisition indicate that shy children show less favorable language development; however, it remains unclear how shyness affects second language acquisition. As second language skills are often acquired in interactions outside the family where shyness is more evident, we postulate that shyness has a strong negative effect on second language acquisition. This hypothesis was examined using standardized tests and parental ratings in a sample of 330 immigrant preschoolers cross-sectionally and with 130 immigrant preschoolers longitudinally. The analyses revealed lower second language competence as well as slower language development in shy immigrant children compared to their non-shy counterparts. The present study highlights that not only contextual but also personality factors need to be considered for a comprehensive understanding of second language acquisition in immigrant children.
Although shyness is quite common and a manifestation of normal variations in temperament and personality, inhibited children can face unique challenges, such as increased risk of developing internalizing difficulties (Asendorpf et al., 2008, Karevold et al., 2009, Letcher et al., 2009, Leve et al., 2005 and Prior et al., 2000) and problems with peers (Coplan and Weeks, 2009, Gazelle and Ladd, 2003 and Gazelle and Spangler, 2007), as compared with their more outgoing peers. One particularly important risk associated with shyness is language acquisition delay, as it impacts other areas of life and may increase behavioral inhibition over time. Research indicates that shy children perform worse than their non-shy peers on a variety of language tests in their native tongue; however, shyness may be an even more important factor in second language acquisition than in first language acquisition, as second language learners must rely on native speaking peers and adults much more than on familiar parents (Hoff, 2006, Place and Hoff, 2011 and Scheele et al., 2010) with whom they are less inhibited. Thus, the present study examines the influence of shyness on the second language competence of immigrant children, whose language development and academic success are already at increased risk as a result of social and familial disadvantages (Magnuson et al., 2006 and OECD, 2006). Shyness and first language Shyness is a form of social withdrawal. Social withdrawal represents an umbrella term for a behavior characterized by fewer social interactions and more frequent individual activities. The motives for the described behavior vary. The term social disinterest is used if social withdrawal is motivated by a preference for being alone. In contrast, if social withdrawal is associated with a desire for more social interactions, the behavior is termed shyness ( Rubin & Coplan, 2004). Shy children yearn for social contact but experience anxiety in social and social-evaluative situations ( Rubin, Coplan, & Bowker, 2009). Although they may feel the need for social interaction, their motivation toward social approach is inhibited by their social anxiety among peers and adults, their social desires constantly being caught up in an approach–avoidance conflict ( Asendorpf, 1990). Linguistically restrained behavior and limited participation in conversations are central features of shyness (Coplan & Rubin, 2010). Indeed, previous studies investigating interactional situations revealed that shy children show reduced frequency and duration of talking. Shy children make more speech pauses, produce sentences of lower complexity, and ask fewer questions compared with their non-shy peers (Asendorpf and Meier, 1993, Crozier and Perkins, 2002, Evans, 1987, Reynolds and Evans, 2009 and Spere et al., 2008). Beyond differences in communicative behavior, differences have also been found on the level of linguistic competence using standardized tests, although findings have been somewhat mixed. Particularly evident were findings related to expressive language skills (Evans, 2010). At toddler and preschool ages, differences have been shown in vocabulary (Prior et al., 2008 and Spere and Evans, 2009), pragmatic language (Coplan and Weeks, 2009, Crozier and Perkins, 2002 and Evans, 1996), syntax and morphology (Evans, 1996 and Landon and Sommers, 1979), and phonemic awareness (Spere, Schmidt, Theall-Honey, & Martin-Chang, 2004). Even at the early ages of four and nine months, inhibited children have been found to vocalize less than non-inhibited children (Rezendes, Snidman, Kagan, & Gibbons, 1993), suggesting that the origins of the association between shyness and language abilities may emerge quite early. Other studies have found no association between shyness and language skills (Coplan and Armer, 2005 and Noel et al., 2008) or associations that were restricted to specific age groups (Prior et al., 2008). With regard to the association between shyness and receptive language skills (i.e., comprehension), the findings have been even less consistent. Similar to expressive language, some studies have reported a significant association between shyness and receptive language skills (Crozier and Badawood, 2009, Crozier and Perkins, 2002 and Spere and Evans, 2009), or differences between shy and non-shy children (Spere et al., 2004). In general, these studies have revealed that the effects often are of small size. Other studies have been unable to replicate significant findings (Blankson et al., 2011, Coplan et al., 2001, Evans, 1996, Kemple et al., 1996 and Noel et al., 2008). In sum, research points to some association between shyness and expressive and receptive first language skills; however, this association is inconsistent across studies and may be stronger for expressive than receptive skills. Explanatory approaches for the shyness–language link Potential associations between shyness and language may be interpreted in multiple ways. One potential factor that has been discussed is the effect of the measurement method. Crozier and Hostettler (2003), for example, postulated that shy children show lower performance due to their stronger stress reactions in test situations. This assumption was supported by studies investigating shyness in test settings varying in their level of familiarity. These studies showed that greater familiarity produces a more robust performance in shy children; that is, the association between shyness and language is stronger when children are assessed by an unknown person than during an observation session at home, recorded on video (Asendorpf and Meier, 1993 and Evans, 1993), or in anonymous group settings (Crozier & Hostettler, 2003). In short, this interpretation assumes no language acquisition differences for shy children but, rather, situational impairment. Another interpretation focuses on real differences in language and explains the association between shyness and language by a lack of social interactions. It is assumed that the lower language competence of shy children results from a failure to make use of communicative opportunities due to their emotional arousal in social situations. Differences in the social approach of others may then start a bidirectional feedback loop that in turn affects the communicative context of shy and non-shy children. For example, educators respond differently to shy than to non-shy children, offering less communication to and asking fewer questions of shy children as compared to non-shy children (Evans, 1987, Evans, 1992 and Rudasill and Rimm-Kaufman, 2009). Thus, delayed language development may also reinforce withdrawal behavior in the child as teachers and peers withdraw from the shy child (Evans, 1996). Being unable to verbalize and communicate thoughts at a high level might make shy children feel more anxious in social situations and as a consequence seek to avoid them. On the other hand, children who successfully overcome the challenge of social situations by communicating might develop the confidence to engage in these situations more often (Coplan & Weeks, 2009). In spite of this interesting research and speculation about the direction of effects, it is still uncertain whether language delay is a cause, a consequence, or a correlate of shyness (Spere et al., 2004).