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ERIC Number: ED367172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Language Minority Students through the Newspapers.
Olivares, Rafael; Lisi-Pawlak, Clorinda
The newspaper can be a stimulating and effective teaching resource in the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom, bilingual classroom, or any class with limited-English-proficient (LEP) students. ESL teachers can use English-language newspapers to teach both basic language skills and content areas (math, science, social studies). Mainstream classroom teachers with LEP students can use newspapers to provide situations for second language learning. Small-group work can provide LEP students with a learning environment conducive to comprehension and production in an academic setting. The materials can also provide varied opportunities for creative communication between LEP students and classmates. Native-language newspapers can be used to develop first-language literacy skills in the bilingual classroom or to explore ethnicity. For early elementary grades, activities should be hands-on and theme-oriented: for example, searches for foods and for letters with which their names begin. In upper elementary grades, comics can be used in a variety of creative exercises. Junior high school students might enjoy using sports and entertainment sections. At the high school level, care must be taken that materials and activities are appropriate to young adults. Newspapers can both develop language skills and provide exposure to mainstream culture. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A