The use of Spanish by a monolingual kindergarten teacher to support English language learners

Luciana de Oliveira, Alsu Gilmetdinova, Carolina Pelaez-Morales

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Abstract

This article reports on a case study of a kindergarten, monolingual teacher and how she used Spanish, the home language of her Latino/a students who are English language learners (ELLs), in the classroom. The article focuses on how the teacher develops and uses her emerging knowledge of Spanish to scaffold students' learning, specifically when emphasizing instruction, reinforcing key concepts, checking comprehension, managing the classroom, relating to students and providing encouragement. This study provides evidence that monolingual teachers can develop skills to use students' home languages as an effective literacy teaching tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-42
Number of pages21
JournalLanguage and Education
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

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Keywords

  • classroom discourse
  • code-switching
  • early childhood education
  • ELL
  • literacy practices
  • teacher-student interaction

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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The use of Spanish by a monolingual kindergarten teacher to support English language learners. / de Oliveira, Luciana; Gilmetdinova, Alsu; Pelaez-Morales, Carolina.

In: Language and Education, Vol. 30, No. 1, 02.01.2016, p. 22-42.

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de Oliveira, Luciana ; Gilmetdinova, Alsu ; Pelaez-Morales, Carolina. / The use of Spanish by a monolingual kindergarten teacher to support English language learners. In: Language and Education. 2016 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 22-42.
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