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Rich Library: Primary Language


Students who have had little exposure to the school's language can benefit from having books in their Primary Language in their classroom. Research shows reading skills can transfer from a student's Primary Language to their second language, especially when these languages have similar conventions such as spelling and punctuation. Providing students books in their Primary Language also helps them continue to develop reading skills that are not specific to each language, such as Verbal Reasoning and Narrative Skills, and can help with Motivation to read.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Bilingual picture books are excellent additions for supporting bi- and multilingual readers. These books can provide the support of the student's Primary Language as well as exposure to English.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn about the International Digital Children's Library, a website that provides free digital books in more than 50 different languages. Users can search for books by the language, the age level of the reader, and types of characters.

  • Products can offer the option of switching between English and another language, with texts the students are reading and with directions and other explanatory language about the product.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy