My students need books in Spanish to improve their reading comprehension skills in their native language in order to facilitate their English language acquisition.
My class is composed of 14 students who have sought refuge in the United States to escape the extreme violence in their countries of origin. As a result of the socioeconomic and political unrest in their countries these students, ranging in ages from 16-19 years-old, have only completed 2nd-4th grade at their arrival. These students are part of a new and innovative pilot program called The Newcomer Program. We teach them a bilingual curriculum aimed at filling the gaps in their knowledge, bring them up to a 9th grade level, and facilitate their smooth transition into American society. All of my students have faced immense violence and hardships throughout their short lives and I strongly believe that improving their reading comphrehension both in Spanish and English is a chance at a better life.
Language acquisition theories highlight that students are better able to learn and understand a second language when they have well-developed language skills in their native tongue. For this reason, I want to provide my students with books in Spanish so that by reading they can further improve all four language skills, including reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking. I expect that this will not only strengthen their four language skills in Spanish but also improve their English language skills.
My hope is to provide my students with a copy of each book so that for the first time in their lives they can begin creating a "personal library."
I have chosen the books, "The Bread Winner" and "The House on Mango Street" because they both reflect experiences my students have faced and they emphasize the importance of resilience in the face of adversity. I also chose the book, "The Little Prince," because it discusses it provides a beautiful depiction of love and friendship and the personal conflicts that all adolescents confront.
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|El principito (Spanish) • Amazon Business||$10.47||15||$157.05|
|El pan de la guerra (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business||$9.94||15||$149.10|
|La Casa en Mango Street • Amazon Business||$9.58||15||$143.70|
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