Exploring the connections between biliteracy and bilingualism

>Reyes, I. (2006). Exploring the connections between biliteracy and bilingualism. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 6(3), pp. 267-292. doi:10.1177/1468798406069801

Through three case studies of four-year-old children of Mexican descent, the author explores emergent biliteracy and bilingualism in southern Arizona. Using observations of both home and classroom notes the children’s use of language and the factors that contributed to that language usage. The author references code-switching as a process used frequently by emergent bilingual and biliterate children. She also suggests that teachers use kid watching for lessons that connect to children’s’ development of literacy and biliteracy.

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