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A Story of English Language Learning – How Can Children’s Literature be Used in Teaching Vocabulary to Young English Language Learners?: - A Literature Review
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aims to find research relating to the use of children’s literature to promote vocabulary

development in young children, particularly English language learners in Sweden. The main

questions address how (methods) children’s literature can be used and why (reasons) children’s

literature is often recommended for the teaching of vocabulary to young learners. The study also

aims to explore reasons against the use of children’s literature in vocabulary teaching found in

previous research. A systematic literature review was carried out, including results from five

empirical studies. The studies involved native speakers, second language learners and foreign

language learners from various backgrounds. The results suggest that while research has shown

children’s literature to be a good tool to use with young learners, careful lesson planning needs to

be carried out. Direct instruction and scaffolding using pictures, technology and gestures is

recommended. Hence, the teacher plays an important part for the vocabulary development using

children’s literature in the classroom.

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Keyword [en]
children’s literature, vocabulary, English language learners, primary school
National Category
Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-19870OAI: diva2:866525
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03

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