An Educator’s Guide to Supporting Emergent Bilingual Students’Literacy Skills, by Sophia Kim, MS Ed
View the intro to her work below. Download her paper and her handbook following the abstract.
The number of bilingual students in classrooms consistently increases yearly in the United States. Moreso, the number of bilingual students in California elementary classrooms is considered the highest compared to all the other states in the United States. As the population numbers increase for bilingual students, literacy skills rates decrease for elementary classrooms. This paper oversees and discusses the importance of supporting emergent bilingual students in upper elementary grades. Research shows that emergent bilingual students are best supported through various literacy learning strategies, school environments, and home environments. Literacy learning strategies of translanguaging, multimodalities, scaffoldings, explicit instructions, and storybook strategies are the most effective literacy learning strategies. Furthermore, the physical appearance of classrooms and teacher-student relationships aid emergent bilingual students the most in school environments. Lastly, family involvement and collaboration assist emergent bilingual students immensely when improving their literacy skills. This project includes a literature review of the different methods of supporting emergent bilingual students and a professional handbook for educators on implementing effective strategies for strengthening literacy skills for emergent bilingual students.