Dual Language Books in the Classroom
Mar 04, 2020
Dual-language books, both fiction and non-fiction, are written in two languages and are often seen with text in both languages on the same page. Other books are written with English text on one page and the corresponding text in another language is found on the opposite page. This format enables readers to confirm understanding and compare language elements between both languages. The illustrations in the books help convey meaning and cultural knowledge and support storytelling.
Benefits of Using Dual Language Books With ELLs
- Prevents learners, who already read in their first language, the need to rediscover the principles of reading in another language (ex. rhythm, figurative language)
- Allows ELLs to read the same same story/text as their peers
- Encourages reading and vocabulary development
- Reinforces native language as well as acquire the new language
- Allows ELLs to share their linguistic development
- Helps parents take an active role by helping their children create dual-language books
- Develops speaking/writing development as ELLs create dual language books
- Enables ELLs to better show their understanding of an age-appropriate story rather than only using English text
- Serves as a bridge between home and school involving families during literacy development activities
- Helps ELLs access the English text and encourages them to value their first language
Examples of dual-language books can be found at A Dual Language Book Project.