English Only Vs Bilingual Classroom Analysis

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English Only vs Bilingual Classroom According to the article, The Practice of Policy, research has stated that a learner’s first language is an important aspect of cognitive, communicative, and social functions when communicating in a foreign and second language classroom (McMillan & Rivers 2010). This article covers a survey that was done that includes twenty-nine native English speaker teachers at a university in Japan. The native English speakers were required to use the target language that is a key detail of the foreign language learning environment. Researchers believe that the first language can be beneficial in enhancing a second language learning and the learner’s emerging bilingualism. In Japan, it is suspected that the student’s …show more content…
The results stated that when using a challenging curriculum that focused on teaching academic words and cross-linguistic aspects of word meaning did, in fact, improve the performance of both ELL and EO fifth graders. This article was very helpful and provided a very strong study representing the importance of learning new vocabulary for ELLs and EO students. I felt that the study was descriptive and backed up the information provided throughout the article. This article also provided a significant number of charts that also represented a remarkable amount of the study that was done to complete the information. I do, however, feel that there could have been more research questions provided. Similar to the article, Closing the Gaps, my final article, Vocabulary Development of English Language and English Only Learners in Kindergarten, also covers the importance of students learning vocabulary in hopes of enhancing their English language. This article’s main purpose is to inform readers on how much of an impact vocabulary has on a child’s early literacy development. Vocabulary provides children with a foundation for learning how to comprehend texts. Many children come from homes where English is not the dominant language, causing some children to come to school with very little …show more content…
These articles helped make me aware of the importance of incorporating many vocabulary words into my classroom. These two articles informed me that by learning more words, a student can improve their language learning. I was shocked when I read that students who were learning a new language, learned vocabulary words much faster than students who only spoke English. In my classroom, I will be sure and expose my students to many words to enhance their language. Vocabulary can also have an impact on a student’s reading comprehension, if the student does not know very many words, then they are likely to have difficulty comprehending what they are reading. If a student knows many words, then they are likely to be successful in reading

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