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Bilingual Libraries for ESOL Students
This paper discusses the benefits of providing bilingual, fiction, reading materials to Spanish/English ESOL students.
# 50040 | 1,325 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 25, 2004 in Education (Reading) , Education (Theory) , Ethnic Studies (General) , Language (General)

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This study focuses on the importance of having a well-developed, bilingual fiction collection in school libraries to support, enhance, and motivate the English as a Second Language (ESOL) student population. The writer believes that by having a bilingual selection of fiction material available in school libraries from the elementary level on will encourage the ESOL student population to read and learn English more swiftly without causing them to lose their motivation and general interest in reading. The writer asserts that, currently, the educational system supporting ESOL students lacks sensitivity of approach and consideration for what students actually desire to read.

From the Paper:

"Many students gain experience of the English language from experiences acquired outside of the classroom. Therefore it is important to provide students with opportunities to select materials to read for pleasure and learning outside of the classroom. These materials should be diverse in nature and representative of the unique population ESOL students represent. It is crucial while still young that student's gain a liking for and desire for reading. Acquiring reading comprehension skills is crucial to successful attainment of fluency in any language. Fiction materials provided to students within the library in both their native language and English will allow students to learn English in a non-pressure, exciting manner that corresponds directly to their likes and interests. Providing such materials also sends a message to students that their individual choices and desires are respected. This in turn will lead to higher sense of self esteem and interest, and further motivate students to continue reading and practicing their English speaking abilities inside of and outside of the classroom."

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