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By Dr Jackie Marsh, Dr Elaine Hallet

ISBN-10: 0857029460

ISBN-13: 9780857029461

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Tapes of stories told by other adults, including other languages if the children are bilingual, can be made and used in the classroom. Making books Books can be made using digital photographs taken of the children engaged in various activities. A collection of these books in the book corner is always very popular with children and stimulates a lot of talk. These books are especially useful for children who have difficulties with speech and language because single words or phrases can be modelled and elicited in the books, for example, ‘Qasim eating’, ‘Shazia running’, ‘Ryan painting’.

Songs and rhymes Songs and rhymes regularly sung and spoken can encourage children’s language development and their understanding of rhythm and rhyme. This is a particularly useful activity when accompanied Marsh-Ch-01:01-Marsh-Ch-01 12 8/14/2008 3:03 PM Page 12 DESIRABLE LITERACIES by actions as these give extra visual support to those children whose first language is not English or who have additional needs. Songs and rhymes can be used with props such as pictures and puppets to encourage understanding and discussion.

This might in turn lead to low expectations, ready acceptance of solitary play and the provision of low level activities that don’t support language acquisition in a meaningful Marsh-Ch-02:02-Marsh-Ch-02 8/14/2008 3:03 PM Page 21 LIVING IN TWO WORLDS 21 context. Furthermore, not all practitioners will recognise the value of allowing children to operate in their home languages. There is evidence that some languages are regarded as holding higher status than others (Cummins, 2000), and that children’s own attitude to their first language and its use outside the home may influence both their capacity to develop a new language and their self-esteem (Parke and Drury, 2001).

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