ERIC Number: ED333736
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Big Books for Little Readers: Works in the ESL Classroom Too.
Nambiar, Mohana K.
Big books, magnified or enlarged versions of children's books, are recommended for use in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom. The big book approach is based on the idea that shared reading and enlarged texts support joint adult-child participation in the reading process and emphasizes reading for meaning and enjoyment rather than accurate decoding. Big books are a rich source of activities that promote reading and meet curriculum objectives, including activating prior knowledge, modelling the thinking process, tracking print, encouraging prediction skills, and providing varied linguistic and creative activities. A natural extension of using the books is having students make them in a collaborative effort. Big books have several advantages over normal-sized story books by allowing the child to see the print and focus on specific parts of the text, facilitating use of certain reading strategies (e.g., thinking aloud), promoting awareness of the conventions of print language, and being inherently interesting because of their size. Most of the big book approach can be used readily in ESL instruction, with some modification. Accuracy and English language use should be de-emphasized in favor of participation. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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