ERIC Number: ED369261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-4
The Collaborative Nature of Language Learning and Meaning Making in Mexican-American Bilingual Kindergarteners' Storybook Discussions.
The purpose of this study was to present a detailed description of Mexican-American bilingual kindergartners' discussions of stories read aloud by their teacher in the students' second language, which was English. Eighteen Mexican-American kindergartners with limited English proficiency were observed for 12 weeks during storytime, and their discussions and interactions were recorded on videotape and in field notes. The students and teacher were also interviewed at the beginning, middle, and end of the study. It was observed that conversations about stories took place throughout the story reading sessions, before the actual reading, during the reading of the story, and after the reading was finished. The students' conversations revolved around their familiarity with the literature, illustrations in the books, relevant personal experiences, features of the book, and language. Children used both Spanish and English in the discussions, and noticed differences between the two languages. Storytime in the bilingual classroom provided a rich and supportive social context for both first and second language use in authentic communicative discussion. Includes 8 tables on categories of topics and purposes served in the 12 story discussion. (Contains 22 references). (MDM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, English (Second Language), Interpersonal Communication, Kindergarten Children, Limited English Speaking, Mexican Americans, Participant Observation, Peer Relationship, Primary Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Story Reading, Story Telling, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (Charleston, SC, December 4, 1993).