Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children

Linguistically Appropriate Practice: A Guide for Working with Young Immigrant Children

by Roma Chumak-Horbatsch

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This path-breaking book provides a convincing argument for the importance of children's home languages and the benefits of dual- and multi-language learning. A new classroom practice known as Linguistically Appropriate Practice (LAP) offers guidance for those working with young children who arrive in childcare centres and schools with little or no proficiency in the classroom language. Linguistically Appropriate Practice details over fifty classroom activities that can be adapted to match both the developmental level of the children and the classroom curriculum.

Intended for childcare staff, health care providers, settlement workers, speech and language pathologists, kindergarten and primary grade teachers, family resource workers, and literacy specialists, this book is an essential resource for preparing young children for the complex communication and literacy demands of the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442603820
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Roma Chumak-Horbatsch is Associate Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Jim Cummins
Introduction: The Road to Linguistically Appropriate Practice

Part I: Laying the Groundwork for LAP

1. Immigrant Children in the Classroom
2. A Language Portrait of Young Immigrant Children
3. Classroom Practices with Young Immigrant Children
4. Linguistically Appropriate Practice: Background

Part II: Setting the Stage for LAP

5. Preparing the Classroom for LAP
6. Adopting LAP in the Classroom

Part III: Implementing LAP Activities

7. LAP Activities

Looking Ahead

What People are Saying About This

Paula Markus

... a compelling portrait of the young immigrant child as a budding bilingual who brings immense language strengths to the school setting, but who also faces challenges in maintaining a dual linguistic identity there.

Kim Watts

This book provides teachers with provocations to reflect on the experiences of young immigrant children. Each carefully composed chapter takes the reader from reflection to application, offering a celebration of languages, and of the child's sense of self, along the way.

Dolly Fox

I have found the LAP program to be invaluable in promoting home languages in my kindergarten classroom. The book should be a welcome resource for primary teachers and teachers in training, offering a creative source of activities and new ideas that are easy to apply at school and home and that enhance all subject areas.

Alma Flor Ada

Effective bilingualism can be a powerful asset. Not only does it foster strong communication at home, allowing the transmission of family and values, it also adds considerable academic and professional strength in life. In this excellent book, Chumak-Horbatsch offers language practices based on experience that will enrich the development of all children.

Kelleen Toohey

This imaginative and immensely useful book offers a wealth of practical strategies to support effective bilingual learning in the classroom.... A must read for elementary teachers and for early childhood educators!

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