Engaging with Identity Languages

How does the use of native language texts, alongside English language texts of the same work improve Middle School students’ reading comprehension and class participation?

For many students learning English while also studying new subjects in English, their native language is a potential tool that is often unused.  For these students, participating in and contributing to class discussions about works of literature can be daunting. Like all languages, understanding the deeper meaning of English language texts requires higher level comprehension skills.  These students may benefit from opportunities to bridge this skills gap by reading works side-by-side in both English and their native language.  Shelly McClanahan, Project Leader, ACS Egham International School