ERIC Number: ED137792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Developing Children's Language through the Elementary School Media Centre.
Gambell, Trevor J.
This paper suggests practical ways in which children's language skills can be developed through the guidance of the school librarian and the resources of the school media center. Both children and teachers need to be actively involved in the development of the media center's programs: care and use of audiovisual equipment, visual displays of language skills activities, projects centered around topical events, and so on. Other activities for use in the media center, such as discussion about books and art, guest visitations, poetry reading, written expression, and the making of books by pupils, can be used to promote oral language, listening, and reading skills. Similarly, a language arts fair, dramatic expression, and games can easily become the focus of media center programs. While current research and literature offer little in a discussion of the role that the elementary school library can play in the development of children's language, storytelling and picture book stories, transparency stories, and discussion of books have been shown to be effective in encouraging the development of language skills. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at the University of Alberta