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No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners

ISBN-10: 1412965640
ISBN-13: 9781412965644
Edition: 2009
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Description: Research and practice have firmly established that early oral language development and early literacy skills predict later academic success. What is less well-known is how young children whose first language is not English become proficient learners  More...

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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 1/12/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Research and practice have firmly established that early oral language development and early literacy skills predict later academic success. What is less well-known is how young children whose first language is not English become proficient learners in order to do well in school, and which classroom strategies have the most impact on learning. This resource for preschool educators describes what is known about how young English language learners (ELLs) acquire dual language and literacy knowledge. The author, an expert researcher in literacy for preschool English learners, offers practical strategies for teaching language and literacy skills that have been field-tested and proven effective with more than 1,000 early childhood educators. No Limits to Literacy for Preschool English Learners includes information on the essential elements of building young children's literacy skills, including the alphabetic principle, phonological awareness, and vocabulary, and also provides information on nurturing the home-school alliance and strengthening preschool programs that serve young ELLs.

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.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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