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ERIC Number: EJ1003857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Using Stories to Extinguish the Hot Spots in Second Language Acquisition, Preschool to Grade 1
Soderman, Anne K.; Clevenger, Kay G.; Kent, Ian Gregory
Young Children, v68 n1 p34-41 Mar 2013
Many U.S. classrooms today have at least some children with limited abilities to understand and express themselves in English. Two critical factors spell success or failure for teachers who have dual language learners (DLLs) in their classrooms: the teacher's understanding of and respect for the initial difficulties in learning a second language and the teacher's ability to adapt learning experiences in a creative and playful manner. Acquiring a second language presents challenges that differ for individual children. It is less difficult when done as early as possible and prior to adolescence. The young dual language learner is better able to hear the "music," or "prosody," of the new language and therefore has less difficulty with phonology than do older children and adults. However, there are definite hot spots where children in preschool through the early primary grades need targeted support as they move through the multiple stages of second language building. This article offers six suggestions that will enable teachers to help children through these hot spots.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States