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ERIC Number: ED172576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Bridging the Gap Between the ESL Curriculum and the Reading Curriculum in the Elementary School.
Moustafa, Margaret
The basic classroom reading program and the English as a Second Language Program (ESL) in the elementary school are related, yet a gap exists between them. It is suggested that the gap can be bridged in several ways: by bilingual education, through an individualized language experience approach, and by a process called "Bridge English." Bridge English would require the ESL profession to collaborate with the classroom teacher and the regular basic reading program through reordering what is taught in ESL classes to meet the specific needs of a specific reader. The language of the target text in basic reading is analyzed and oral language lessons based on this text are developed in order to make this language meaningful to the child. Several examples are given of the lexical and syntactic analysis of a basic reader and corresponding ESL activities are suggested. Two accounts of personal experiences using the approach are given. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the Conference of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (San Francisco, California, March 1978) and in CATESOL Occasional Papers, No. 4