Latino English Language Learners’ Writing During Literacy-Enriched Block Play

Marianne Snow, Zohreh Eslami, Jeong Hyun Park

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Although growing numbers of young English language learners (ELLs) from low-income homes enroll in U.S. schools, there remains a lack of research on how they respond to common school literacy practices including a literacy-enriched play. This exploratory study aims to examine the writing behaviors of six kindergarteners in their classroom's literacy-enriched block center. The results were varied since all children engaged in different types and frequencies of writing. However, most ELLs responded positively to the intervention and practiced their emergent writing skills. Therefore, literacy-enriched play centers can benefit early childhood classrooms serving culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-784
Number of pages44
JournalReading Psychology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education

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