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ERIC Number: ED356647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Literature for Limited English Proficient Students, Ages 9-14.
Smallwood, Betty Ansin
It is argued that despite a common assumption to the contrary, there is children's literature appropriate to students of English as a Second Language (ESL) aged 9-14. First, the unique needs and characteristics of the target population are examined. This population consists of limited-English-proficient speakers, usually immigrants or refugees from a variety of linguistic and geographic backgrounds, most at lower socioeconomic levels, and relatively unfamiliar with American culture and history. For these purposes, they are defined as having lived in the United States under 2 years, generally enrolled in bilingual or ESL instruction. At this age, gaps between language and content area subjects and between chronological age and educational age may be widening. It is recommended that literature have: age-appropriate theme; simple language; limited use of metaphor and unfamiliar experiences; use of rhyme; unambiguous plot; realistic but simple dialogue; potential for reading aloud; brevity; and good illustrations. Suggested themes include: familiar fairy tales, legends, and fables; American culture and customs; modern American life; American history; immigrant experiences; cross-cultural experiences; and native country culture. Specific titles are noted. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A