Case Study - Reading Instruction in Early Foreign Language Immersion

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This case study arose from my own fascination with literacy education in early immersion programs: the idea of first and second graders learning to read and write in a language that they barely knew how to speak seemed intriguing. A review of the literature on second language (L2) reading and reading instruction in immersion programs

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A Case Study on Reading Instruction in Early Foreign Language ImmersionThe ACIE Newsletter, February 2003, Vol. 6, No. 2By Tiia H. Korppi, 2nd grade teacher, Kulosaari Bilingual School, Helsinki, Finland This case study arose from my own fascination with literacy education in early immersion programs: the idea of first and second graders learning to read and write in a language that they barely knew how to speak seemed intriguing. A review of the literature on second language (L2) reading and reading instruction in immersion programs, revealed that this great challenge can indeed be met successfully, but that it also requires a special understanding of second language acquistion and reading development from the educators involved in the process. In order to see how reading instruction is carried out in a real early immersion context, and how the various challenges are perceived and responded to, I conducted a case study for my M.A. thesis in one early total immersion program. The findings are briefly discussed in this article.Students in early immersion programs are presented with a dual challenge of learning to read in both the immersion and their native language. The majo

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