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ERIC Number: EJ1064219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Bilingual Storybook Apps: An Interactive Reading Experience for Children
Herzig, Melissa; Malzkuhn, Melissa
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v16 p40-44 2015
In recent years, researchers have turned their attention to the cognitive impact of bilingualism, and the benefits of using two languages have become increasingly apparent. Children raised in bilingual families exhibit stronger awareness of the style and tone of language, stronger cognitive development, and higher levels of reading skill than children raised in families where only one language is used. To maximize the bilingual advantage, children must be exposed to both languages in their early preschool years. Past studies have found that deaf children who experience stories in ASL and printed English are more stimulated mentally than those who experience stories in only one of these languages, and this stimulation facilitates their becoming skilled readers. With the technological advances of touchscreen computing, there has been the development of bilingual resources to encourage cognitive development, bilingualism, and literacy growth in deaf children. This article presents "Storybook Apps" for children to enjoy and experience a deeper understanding of language, increased skills in reading, literacy, and enhanced cognitive development.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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