This section of the OST Hub provides information and materials that will help to introduce new language learning activities in your program or help to further develop and enhance your current program. For researchers and policymakers, it provides information that will help to understand the larger issues and help to contextualize language learning practices and programs in the OST setting.
This section, Language Learning: Articles & Research, is divided into the following resource areas:
- General articles on language learning in the OST provides background on integrating language learning, particular English language learning, into the OST setting, and the multiple roles that OST staff and programs can play to support language development.
- Integrating language learning into other activities provides articles on how to integrate language and literacy into traditional OST offerings, such as the arts and other enrichment activities.
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• General Articles
A study that explored English language acquisition of young people attending Boys and Girls Clubs in California, and how these types of programs can support them.
The literatures on both afterschool programming and English acquisition point to the potential importance of non-academic settings in helping English learner (EL) students learn English.
Afterschool programs in which literacy is a component offer the potential to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with much needed support, not just academically, but socially and culturally as well.
• Integrating Language Learning into Other Activities
Taking a culturally sensitive stance toward literacy allows programs to create educational practices that allow for broadened notions of literacy. Such educational environments embed literacy in social and cultural processes, making the links among literacy, language, culture and identity.