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ERIC Number: EJ940625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
Using Literature for Children and Adolescents for Intermediate Language Acquisition
Chen, Mei-Ling; Squires, David
TESOL Journal, v2 n3 p312-329 Sep 2011
This article suggests that literature written for children and adolescents is appropriate for use with intermediate-level students of English as a second or foreign language of all ages (including adults). Following a description of this literature, three instructional applications are reviewed: extensive free reading based on language acquisition theory, close reading while attending to form and function using stylistic analyses along with a language awareness perspective, and reading a story to develop essential cultural understanding of the target language. These applications are framed by a discussion of related research. Literature for children and adolescents offers a light linguistic and content load. With interesting characters, themes, insights, and styles, these texts may capture adult interest and act as a bridge to more complex texts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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