Facilitating language and literacy development: A dual language perspective

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Vaughn, Jennifer S.
Strattman, Kathy H.

With an increasingly bilingual population, children have more opportunities for dual language education. Literacy activities at home have been correlated with reading and writing success; however, helping a child learn in a language in which the parent is not fluent could create challenges. Parents of students who attend a K-8 dual language school completed a survey asking how they help their child obtain literacy skills in both languages. Over 200 surveys from both English and Spanish speaking households were analyzed to determine what strategies parents utilize. Follow up interviews were conducted by the investigator to ask additional questions about parent activities and learn if parents had special concerns about the dual language school environment. Reading books was widely chosen by parents when asked what activities they used to help facilitate literacy and language learning in both the home language and secondary language. English speaking families tended to rely more on school functions to help facilitate learning and literacy in Spanish. The Spanish speaking families reported a high usage of TV shows and movies as a tool to help their children develop their second language, English. Although some reported feeling concerned about their children learning two languages at once, the benefits that they saw from the experience outweighed any academic concerns.

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Thesis (M.A.)--Wichita State University, College of Health Professionals, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders