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ERIC Number: EJ1098128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0502
Exploring Bilingual Books with Five Chinese First Graders: Children's Responses and Biliteracy Development
Hu, Ran; Chen, Xiaoning; Li, Xiuping
Reading Horizons, v52 n1 Article 4 p57-87 Oct-Nov 2012
This qualitative case study examines how five Chinese first graders responded to bilingual English/Chinese picture books and how bilingual books used during an eight-week study session impacted their bilingual and biliteracy development. Reader response and socio-cultural theories were the theoretical perspectives that underpin this study. Four bilingual picture books were selected for the five participating Chinese children to read during an eight-week period. The researchers specifically sought answers to two questions: (1) How do Chinese children respond to the bilingual books? (2) What impact do the bilingual book study sessions have on children's bilingual and biliteracy development? The findings suggested these children responded positively by becoming engaged, making connections, activating cultural and background knowledge, and showing unnoticed talent. In addition, bilingual books, combined with appropriate instruction, can be a powerful resource to promote bilingual and biliteracy development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China (Beijing)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A