ERIC Number: ED352611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
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Mei: Learning the Literacy Culture in an Urban Elementary School.
Raphael, Taffy E.; Brock, Cynthia H.
A case study described Mei, a second language learner from Vietnam, in terms of her participation in a literature-based reading instructional program, Book Club. The context of the case study was an urban neighborhood K-5 school in a large midwestern city district. Data were collected about Mei from third through fifth grades using reading logs, journal entries, audio- and video-tapes of Mei's Book Clubs, field notes, and interviews with Mei, her teachers, and her family. Three target Book Clubs representative of the entire data set were selected and analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) the amount of Mei's participation increased from a fifth of the overall contributions in her fourth grade four-member Book Club, to a third of the overall contributions in her five-member Book Club during the spring of fifth grade; (2) there was an increase in Mei's self-confidence, in terms of increased initiations of new topics and persistence in getting her topics discussed by her peers; and (3) changes in substantive features of Mei's discourse over time were shown in both the increased depth and level of her comments. Findings suggest that Book Club is a valuable social context for second language learners to experience meaningful and authentic opportunities to learn to use academic discourse to discuss texts. (One table of data is included, and 15 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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