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Summer Institute in LCTL Literacy

Learning to Read and Reading to Learn in East Asian Languages
yettagoodman.jpgProject Directors: David Yaden and Yetta Goodman (U Arizona)

Description: A summer institute in 2009, bringing together professionals in literacy development and linguistics with K-16 teachers, was central to this project. Teachers worked with authentic materials in East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) to enhance and expand their understanding of the development of literacy and cultural knowledge related to these languages. The institute included breakout sessions in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean that focused on their linguistic structures and orthographies as they are pertinent to the reading process and comprehension of written texts. During 2006-2008, the materials for the workshop were developed and bibliographies of research references related to the reading, teaching and linguistic structure of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean were collected, reviewed and selected for inclusion. Workshop products included a manual of reading strategy lessons; a bibliography of written materials, websites, CDs, and DVDs that can be used in the teaching of reading of East Asian languages; sets of procedures to help teachers select appropriate materials for their students based upon their interests and career needs. A monograph of the materials developed for and during the workshop is in preparation; it will serve as a model for similar workshops in other contexts.