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ERIC Number: EJ1106832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Enhancing Science Learning through Dynamic Bilingual Practices
Evans, Leanne M.; Avila, Antonieta
Childhood Education, v92 n4 p290-297 2016
Language is one of the most important drivers of children's socialization and development of a sense of belonging within their school, community, and culture. For bilingual and multicultural children in particular, language plays a critical role in the development of their identity. If emergent language learners do not feel confident in their bilingual identities, they may find it more challenging to make meaning and construct knowledge in school. Dynamic language practices allow students to flexibly and dynamically shift between their various linguistic and knowledge resources, thus allowing their bilingual identities to thrive. In contrast to practices that restrict the use of the non-dominant language during specific times or while interacting with certain people, the use of dynamic language practices allows children who experience school in more than one language to see that drawing on all of their linguistic resources is a valid method for improving their academic literacy and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Grade 1; Grade 4
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Language: English
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