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ERIC Number: EJ884629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Effects of a Cross-Linguistic Storybook Intervention on the Second Language Development of Two Preschool English Language Learners
Huennekens, Mary Ellen; Xu, Yaoying
Early Childhood Education Journal, v38 n1 p19-26 Jun 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a shared reading experience between parent and child in the child's home language on the emergent literacy and language acquisition in English of preschool-age English Language Learners. Parents of Spanish-speaking four-year-old Head Start students read storybooks in Spanish with their children concurrently with the use of the English language version of the books in the classroom. A single subject design with multiple baselines across subjects and settings was applied. Observed variables included changes in the frequency of utterances, the Mean Length of Utterance-word, and the frequency of spontaneous or child-initiated utterances in various settings within the Head Start classroom. The results indicated that there might be a relation between the shared reading experience in the home language and the child's second language acquisition. Additionally, there appeared to be a relation between the behaviors and the settings. Finally, implications of this study were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Mean Length of Utterance