Storybook Reading For Young Dual Language Learners Case Study

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Dolly Thomas September 30, 2016 ECEC 5500
Gillanders, C., & Castro, D. C. (2011, January). Storybook Reading for Young Dual Language Learners. Young Children, 66(1), 91-95. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from
Researchers recommend storybook learning for pre-kindergarten children based on the presumption that during a reading session, these children, as they interact during read aloud sessions, are able to grasp different vocabulary and syntax of a new language. The main benefit of this method is that teachers can gauge the level of effectiveness by observing the child’s reaction and attention span. This is based on the assumption that the child is familiar with
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This helps in their better comprehension and grasp. The learner can also learn to analyze the different aspects of the story and how to interpret it in the second language.
Use of books with relevant themes Analogical approach to the learner’s real life situation and every day routine activities helps dual learners integrate their everyday tasks to the concept being taught. Teachers of dual language learners should therefore consider books with such themes.
Mastering the phase of the learner’s second language Teachers of dual learners should be in a position to separate their learner’s according to their mastery of the English language and how they answer questions with regards to their first language. Those with little grasp of English and their first language should be engaged differently from those who can only respond or interact in purely their first language.
Encouraging dramatization from the learner Retelling the whole story helps in vocabulary grasp and pronunciation. A good example is the dramatization method used to emphasize the theme of wedding in the La Cucaracha Martina story. Story retelling also helps the learners better understand the story.
Using different learning
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Besides bilingualism, the dual immersion system also promotes an environment of cultural exchange, a situation which is further enhanced by the nature of this program that features learners of diverse backgrounds and language proficiency. Dual language learners can be argued to combat racial prejudice due to the open nature by which they approach social issues not to mention their proficiency in expressing themselves in more than one

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