BY Courtney Ream & Kari Pons
We would like to start a bilingual section in our school library so that students from all cultures will see themselves represented in our collection.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
If our bilingual book section is a success we will see the collection being frequently checked out of the library. At the end of the year we will run a report to determine which books were checked out and how many times. This will also give us a better idea of what future books to add to our collection.
Benefit to the students and the school
Research shows that children who are read to in their native language will have an easier time learning to read in their second language. Furthermore, research has increasingly shown that learning to read in one’s mother tongue early in school helps reduce dropout rates and makes education more engaging, meaningful and enjoyable for children. Children who benefit from mother tongue instruction and learning also perform better in their second language. Many bilingual families want to help their children succeed in school but do not know how because their English is not as strong as their home language. Reassuring parents that their home language is an asset and providing books to use with their children will empower them and make them feel a part of their children’s education, strengthening the school-home relationship.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
We will be able to order the books, process them and have them available for students to check out within one month. To bring awareness to our new collection, we will introduce the books to students during their weekly library class and during ELE class to show they are now available. We will further promote the collection with a feature in the principal’s weekly blog.