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The power of literature: A literature review on the incorporation of children’s literature in the lower-elementary English as a Second- Language classroom.
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]

The use of children’s literature in the English as a Second language (ESL) classroom is a

widely used teaching method. This study aims to find research relating to the

incorporation of children’s literature in the lower elementary English as a secondlanguage

classroom. The main questions are how children’s literature can be used in the

classroom and what potential benefits it has. A systematic literature review was carried

out and research from six studies was included. The included studies, analyzed in this

thesis, involved children aged 6-9, who are learning a second language. The results

reveal multiple benefits with the use of children’s literature in the lower elementary ESL

classroom, such as vocabulary gains, improved speaking and listening skills, increased

motivation and better pronunciation. The results also present a few suggestions on how

to incorporate the literature in the classroom, where reading aloud to the students

appears to be the most common practice. It also appears common to have post-reading

sessions that include discussions about what has been read.

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Keyword [en]
children’s literature, English (second language), lower elementary school
National Category
Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20876OAI: diva2:898796


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