ERIC Number: ED299799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Tunes for Bears To Dance To.
Travers, John P.
A sizeable and convincing body of research continues to indicate that children gain competence and confidence in using the English language when it is situated within a context that is at once purposive and pleasurable. Both empirical and anecdotal evidence suggest that exposure to a wide variety of good children's literature provides an effective expedient for the absorption and integration of new vocabulary and structures. Stories, especially those with repetitive, predictable and rhythmic patterns, establish an engaging setting for simultaneously promoting the meaning and melody of the language. A review of some of the research and some of the fairy tales, poems, and fables that second language learners of all ages find inviting lends support to the notion that instructional protocol for English as a second language ought to devote commensurate amounts of time to helping youngsters become attentive not just to the interactional and instrumental functions of the language, but to the imaginative ones as well. A bibliography of suggested children's literature for the English as a second language (ESL) classroom is included. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Classroom Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Fables, Imagination, Inquiry, Instructional Materials, Language Rhythm, Language Styles, Reading Material Selection, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).