Author(s) Information

Elizabeth TjepkemaFollow

Department

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Degree Name

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures

Date

12-2014

Advisor(s)

Karen Muñoz-Christian

Abstract/Summary

This project focuses on dual immersion elementary education and the importance of native language literacy by observing summer school at Pacheco Elementary. Native language literacy for Spanish-speakers is the foundation for successful second language acquisition and literacy. By having a solid foundation in Spanish literacy, elementary students are able to explore what it means to be fully literate in their own language before moving on to learning English in school. Through the observation of the processes of learning how to read and write in Spanish, I will gain a better understanding of the importance of Spanish literacy for Spanish-speaking children.

Pacheco Elementary School in San Luis Obispo, California, offers a dual immersion education for their students half of whom are native Spanish-speakers and half native English-speakers. By observing the everyday activities of a first grade summer school class of Spanish-speakers, the process of literacy is made clear and is effectively put to use. Through various activities and lessons, students are able to develop their literacy abilities and progress in their native language before being introduced to a second language. This not only gives confidence to each student, but also develops skills in other areas. Through social and classroom interactions, observations can be made about the benefits of dual immersion education and native language literacy for elementary students.

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