ERIC Number: ED463352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Preparing for Success: Meeting the Language and Learning Needs of Young Children from Poverty Homes.
This book addresses issues related to meeting the language and learning needs of low socioeconomic status (LSES) students so they achieve as well as middle socioeconomic status (MSES) students. Chapter 1, "What's Going On? discusses differences between LSES and MSES children that cause LSES children to fail and MSES children to succeed in school; what is needed to compensate for this difference; and how schools can provide what is needed. Chapter 2, "If It's So Important, Why Didn't I Know about It before This?" discusses the politics and timing of information, the development and essence of language information, the stages of language development, and the language of the LSES child. Chapter 3, "What Can I Do about This?" focuses on preparing for success (e.g., increasing teacher-child interactions and child-child conversations, scaffolding comprehension and expression, and inviting child initiative). Chapter 4, "What is CurricuLanguage?" describes CurricuLanguage (a theory of the relationship between poverty, language, and school success), explains language information load (LIL) and language information structure (LIS), and explains CurricuLanguage levels, use, and projects. Chapter 5, "Why Talk about This Now?" discusses positive and negative uses of accountability. (Contains 104 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Early Childhood Education, Language Acquisition, Low Income Groups, Middle Class, Poverty, Pragmatics, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Student Relationship
ECL Publications, P.O. Box 26, 11121 W. Michigan Ave., Youngtown, AZ 85363. Tel: 877-974-4560 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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Note: ECL stands for "Education, Communication, Language."