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.
|Publisher:||University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
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 ix
Introduction: The Road to Linguistically Appropriate Practice 1
Part I Laying the Groundwork for Lap 25
1 Immigrant Children in the Classroom 11
2 A Language Portrait of Young Immigrant Children 21
3 Classroom Practices with Young Immigrant Children 37
4 Linguistically Appropriate Practice: Background 51
Part II Setting the Stage for Lap 61
5 Preparing the Classroom for LAP 63
6 Adopting LAP in the Classroom 77
Part III Implementing Lap Activities 97
7 LAP Activities 99
Looking Ahead 145
What People are Saying About This
... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!