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ERIC Number: EJ905808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
Message Boards: A Springboard to Literacy for Prekindergarten English Language Learners (and Others, Too)
Martinez, Gilda; Laster, Barbara P.; Conte, Betty
TESOL Journal, v1 n1 p85-100 Mar 2010
Message boards provide an opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to write (or draw) about a story from their lives on a large or small chalkboard. Oral language is then used to describe the written message during a structured circle time. (It is a variation of the traditional show-and-tell except that the focus is on the communication of stories through conversations and writing rather than explanations about possessions.) A teacher in a prekindergarten classroom in Florida, in the United States, has been using message boards over the past 10 years. In collaboration with this teacher, researchers decided to examine the effectiveness of message boards on the literacy progress of the English language learners (as well as the few native-English-speaking students) in her classroom. Through this qualitative study, this teacher and her students were observed and interviewed, and documentation of the message boards was collected and carefully examined to determine what student achievement, if any, was evident. The results indicate that language and literacy growth was noted through the use of message boards. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida