Making input comprehensible to primary students in a French immersion school
The research question addressed was, what strategies do primary teachers in a French immersion elementary school use to make input comprehensible to students? In any immersion program, a language barrier exists between teachers and students, especially in grades K-2 where students have such limited language skills. The author interviews teachers who work in a French immersion school about the strategies they use to help their students understand what they are saying. These teachers describe the ways they use predictability and routines, simplified language, read-aloud, gestures, visual aids, movement, prefabricated language patterns and familiar stories to help students make meaning of the French they hear at school. The author also describes five read-aloud lessons she taught to build language skills with her kindergarten students.
Wolf, Kelsey L., "Making input comprehensible to primary students in a French immersion school" (2009). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2176.