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ERIC Number: ED465303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Picture Stories for ESL Health Literacy.
Singleton, Kate
These picture stories help English as a Second Language teachers address topics affecting their students' health and wellbeing. They are useful for beginner and low-literacy students, offering a safe, impromptu way to discuss difficult topics, ask questions, and obtain information. As the stories are about cartoon characters, students are not pressured to disclose their own experiences. The stories "Emergency,""A Doctor's Appointment," and "Stressed Out" are about common, uncontroversial topics and are suitable for most classes. "What Should She Do?" examines domestic violence. Using the language experience approach with beginners is helpful because it utilizes students' own language and experiences to create stories; promotes speaking, listening, reading, and writing while letting students determine content; and discusses life skills, with students negotiating to come up with mutually agreed upon stories. The teacher asks students what is happening in each frame of the story to elicit discussion, then writes it down as students retell it. The teacher can ask questions to make sure important information or vocabulary is included. After the story is written, the class practices reading it chorally and individually. Students then copy it down. Various follow-up activities like sentence or word sequencing or cloze activities can be done to promote reading. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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