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ERIC Number: EJ1179964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
Reading Bilingual Books: Students Learn English While Acquiring Knowledge about American Cultural Traditions and Places
Ceprano, Maria A.; Shea, Mary E.; Gandt, Ashley N.
School-University Partnerships, v11 n1 p9-18 Spr 2018
This article describes a pilot study conducted in an elementary school in Torremaggiore, Italy. Pre-service teachers (PSTs) (i.e., undergraduate college students) wrote bilingual English/Italian informational texts and used them in conjunction with a variety of translanguaging strategies to support Italian children's acquisition of English and knowledge of American culture. Immediately following instruction with each book, copies of the texts were given to the children for take-home practice. A week after all instruction was completed, the children were asked to write in their native language and tell what they enjoyed most about the PSTs' visit. Selected children from the group also responded to an oral interview. A content analysis of their translated responses revealed children's impressions about the benefit of using bilingual texts for learning English and gaining knowledge of American culture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (Buffalo); Italy
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