No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners
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|Format:||Paperback, 264 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 23 March 2009|
'This book offers a foundation in language and literacy that greatly benefits dual language learners' - Pamela S. Allen, Lead Teacher/Gifted Facilitator, Ballantyne Elementary School, Charlotte, NC. Produce strong language and literacy outcomes for the youngest English learners! Research and practice have established that early oral language and literacy skills development can predict later academic success. But how do young children whose first language is not English become proficient learners, and which classroom strategies have the most impact on literacy learning? This valuable resource helps teachers understand how English learners (ELs) ages 3 to 5 acquire the foundations for literacy and offers practical, research-based strategies for teaching language and literacy skills. Theresa A. Roberts, an expert literacy practitioner and researcher for preschool ELs, offers strategies that have been field-tested and proven effective by more than 1,000 early childhood educators. One of the few literacy resources available that focuses exclusively on preschool ELs, this book helps teachers of young children: understand the essential elements for building early literacy skills, including teaching the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, and vocabulary; encourage family involvement and nurture the home-school alliance; build on children's primary language; and strengthen preschool programs serving young ELs. "No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners" shows teachers how to lead children to high levels of literacy competence, engagement, and enjoyment!
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction 1. Resources English Language Learners Bring to Literacy Learning The Language and Literacy Wellspring The Emotional Wellspring The Motivational Wellspring The Family Wellspring The Cultural Wellspring Conclusion 2. Building On and Scaffolding With Primary Language Why Support Children's Primary Language? Primary Language and Literacy Achievement Adding Some Magic: Metacognitive Benefits Beyond the Words: Social-Emotional Aspects of Primary Language What Happens to the Primary Language When Children Enter Preschool? Using Primary Language for Social Communication and Social-Emotional Purposes Benefits of Using Primary Language for Literacy Learning Primary Language Resources Practices for Supporting Primary Language at Home Different Primary Language Programs Spending "Time on Task" in English Patience in Achieving Bilingualism Conclusion 3. Oral Language Development in a Second Language Second Language Learning in Naturalistic Settings Second Language Learning in Preschool Settings Examining the Silent or Receptive Stage in Second Language Acquisition Learning About Language Acquisition From Caregivers Cultural Variations in Caregiver Speech and a Challenge for Educators Language for Basic Communication and Academic Learning How Children Learn the Meaning of Words Learning Words From Instruction The Relationship Between Oral Language and Second Language Literacy Classroom Contexts for Language Development The Wonder and Limits of Storybook Reading Conversations With Children Language Development During Center Time Talking-Up Routines and Transitions Mealtime Opportunities for Talking Language and Literacy Enhanced Play Teacher Oral Language: An Elephant in the Room Home Influences on Second Language Learning Conclusion 4. Befriending the Alphabet: Why and How Can Children With Limited Knowledge of English Learn the English Alphabet? Why Explicit Instruction Is Beneficial Going Deeper Into the Alphabet Should Letter Names or Letter Sounds be Taught First? How Should the Uppercase and Lowercase Letters be Taught? Learning Personal Names Making the Connection Between Letters and Meaningful Printed Words Writing Helps Children Learn the Alphabet Teaching the Alphabet in a Language Other Than English How Much Letter Instruction Is Needed? Conclusion 5. Sounds in Words: Phonological Awareness What is Phonological Awareness? Words: The Foundation of Phonological Awareness Unnatural Aspects of Phonological Awareness Preschool Phonological Awareness and Later Reading Can Preschool Children Learn Phonological Awareness? Connections Between L1 and L2 Phonological Awareness Learning Phonological Awareness in a Second Language The Joined Hands of Vocabulary and the Alphabet Does Second Language Pronunciation Matter? How Much Phonological Awareness Do Preschool English Learners Need? What's Up With Rhyming? Making Sounds Stand Still and Be Concrete The Language Used in Phonological Awareness Instruction Conclusion 6. Curriculum, Instruction, and Literacy Activity Essential Elements of an Effective Curriculum An Articulated Curriculum Matching Goals With Teaching Strategies/Activities The Language of Instruction Building Relationships While Fostering Literacy Teachers' Support and Instructional Roles The Value of Small Groups and One-one-One Teaching Increasing Opportunities for Teachers' Support Role The Language of Relationship Building The Benefits of Explicit Instruction High-Quality Teaching and Learning Child Choice and Literacy Instruction Using Assessment to Benefit Children Teachers: The Critical Ingredient Program and Instruction Evaluations Challenges for Moving Forward Conclusion 7. Engaging Family Caregivers Create an Alliance Focus on Language and Literacy Thinking Processes and Positive Relationships Working Together Home Emotional Support for Literacy Home Cognitive Support for Literacy Family Responsive and Family Tailored Approaches Teacher Influences on Family Engagement Family Caregivers and Children Reading Together Family Caregivers and Children Playfully Solving Problems Together Engaging Family Caregivers in the Classroom One Model for Engaging Families High-Quality Family Engagement Practices Conclusion 8. Motivation for Literacy Characteristics of Motivated Children Are All Preschool Children Highly Motivated for Literacy? Linkages Between Preschool Motivation and Later Reading The Need for Competence and Mastery-Inside Every Child Effectance Motivation Theory Moves Forward The Motivational Link Between Thinking and Emotion Mastery and Performance Orientations Three Motivational Needs (Competence, Autonomy, Relatedness) The Compatibility of Autonomy and Structure The Special Worry of Failure Does Explicit Instruction Undermine Motivation? Culture, Language and Motivation for Literacy The Language of Motivation Home Influences on Language and Literacy Motivation Conclusion References Index
About the Author
Theresa Roberts is currently a professor of child development at California State University, Sacramento. She has published studies on early literacy development with a focus on children who are learning English as a second language in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Contemporary Educational Psychology. Her research interests include alphabet and vocabulary learning, classroom instruction experiments, and family engagement. She has collaborated with preschool and elementary teachers to develop instruction programs and teacher training on these topics. She was a member of the panel of experts that developed the State of California Prekindergarten Guidelines. She also serves as a research consultant for the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) and is a consultant on an Early Reading First grant. She is an elected voting member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, a reviewer for the Journal of Educational Psychology and Applied Linguistics, and sits on the editorial board of Reading Psychology. She earned her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles.
This welcome and much needed resource for early education professionals is solidly based on the research on early literacy and language development, and on Roberts' extensive and thoughtful experience in effective instructional applications for English learners. Roberts draws from a wide arc of research to inform preschool instruction that promotes second-language and literacy skills. The book lays out high and attainable expectations for preschool environments for English learners. Chapters cover all aspects of a high quality preschool classroom, from sound alphabetic instruction to strategies for fostering collaborative and respectful relationships with families. Along the way Roberts corrects misconceptions about effective teaching practices for English learners, and clarifies the interactive nature of L1 and L2 development. The book is certain to become a well worn resource for early childhood educators and for teacher preparation courses. Each chapter clearly summarizes teaching and educational principles that follow from the research, and outlines engaging exercises that allow practitioners to integrate new knowledge into their own teaching repertoires. Chapters can be read to deepen understanding of instructional principles, to refine teaching practices, or to evaluate early literacy curricula. The book is written with the clarity to inspire confidence in teachers to translate research evidence and theory into effective and engaging learning activities. -- Patricia Vadasy "A well-organized text offering theory and application related to second language instruction. This is a useful tool for any educator to have in his or her resource library." -- Susan B. Neuman, Professor 20080818 "This book offers a foundation in language and literacy that greatly benefits dual language learners." -- Pamela S. Allen, Lead Teacher/Gifted Facilitator 20080818 "This welcome and much needed resource for early education professionals is solidly based on the research on early literacy and language development and on Roberts' extensive and thoughtful experience in effective instructional applications for English learners. The book is written with the clarity to inspire confidence in teachers to translate research evidence and theory into effective and engaging learning activities." -- Patricia Vadasy, Senior Researcher 20090105 "A powerful contribution to the field of early literacy. Highlighting the quality of the language model as one of the most important resources for language development, Roberts weaves a rich tapestry of research and practical application and helps us understand what this means for embracing our work with ELLs." -- Molly F. Collins, Assistant Professor 20090113
|Publisher: ||Corwin Press Inc|
|Dimensions: ||25.0 x 17.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.54 kg)|