ERIC Number: EJ1003856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Reference Count: 14
Engaging Prekindergarten Dual Language Learners in Projects
Jones, Meredith K.; Shue, Pamela L.
Young Children, v68 n1 p28-33 Mar 2013
In a preschool class where the teachers speak only English and the majority of the children speak only Spanish, it is challenging to choose a topic that is interesting enough to engage all children in project work that supports language development. Luckily for the children, pizza is a delicious, familiar, and easily accessible topic to explore. To help dual language learners (DLLs) make real-world connections, one of the authors (Meredith) introduced the children to many new vocabulary words for items they would be using in the pizza restaurant (e.g., "pizza pan," "pizza cutter," "oven," "pot holder"). To provide opportunities for DLLs and English-speaking children to work together, the authors created small groups that reflected children's job preferences. As the children worked hard at the pizza restaurant, one author documented behaviors in the following categories: (1) social interactions between English- and Spanish-speaking children; (2) vocabulary words used and whether they were used appropriately; (3) how often dual language learners used English words and phrases related to the project work; and (4) whether the children showed pride in their work.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Speech Communication, Language Acquisition, Vocabulary, Spanish Speaking, Preschool Children, Early Childhood Education, Teaching Methods, Dining Facilities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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