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ERIC Number: EJ825779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0360-9170
Dispelling or Reinforcing Myths? Learning a New Language as Portrayed in Children's Picturebooks
Hadaway, Nancy L.; Young, Terrell A.
Language Arts, v86 n3 p165-177 Jan 2009
Immigrants currently make up over 12% of the U.S. population, with children of immigrants comprising more than 20% of the population. Consequently, English learners are the fastest growing group in U.S. schools today, accounting for 10.5% of the total public school student population in Pre-K through Grade 12 in 2004-2005, a 56.2% increase over the 1994-1995 figures. If these trends continue, children of immigrants will represent at least a quarter of all U.S. children by 2010. This surge in immigration and diversity of languages--over 400 languages are reported to be spoken nationwide--has prompted the publication of children's literature reflecting these issues. While on the surface the emergence of books that highlight the adjustments involved in learning a new language seems to be a positive publishing trend, a closer examination is needed. This article examines 19 children's books published in the last 20 years that address the linguistic and cultural adjustments of learning English as part of the transition to a new home in the United States. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States