ERIC Number: ED423684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Don't Forget the Home Language. Creating a Community of Learners in Second Language Classrooms.
Gray, Mark Louis
Teachers of English as a Second Language are encouraged to provide support for home language maintenance and use in classroom writing assignment. It is argued that this supports cultural diversity rather than emphasize differences among students, helps in development of literacy and other cognitive skills, and empowers students to achieve and persist. Several classroom activities are described, all of which encourage risk-taking, pride in native culture, and social interaction while being acceptive of the abilities students bring to the classroom. The activities include creation of classroom posters, making bookmarks as gifts, labeling foods and common objects, vocabulary development as a pre-writing exercise, and classroom cooking. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (March 17-21, 1998).