Children and Languages Today
First and Second Language Literacy Development
Željka Flegar, Ivana Moritz (Eds.)
by Newsha Ahmadi (Islamic Azad University, Iran)
Motivated by the need to bring together researchers involved in the acquisition, learning and teaching of the Croatian language and foreign languages to learners at lower elementary level, the recurring scientific conferences Children and Languages Today were established in 2001. At the time the Croatian academic community was short of a conference that was dedicated entirely to critical thinking and the exchange of research findings, outcomes and experience in these particular study areas. As it turns out, Children and Languages Today has served as an incentive for other conferences and meetings in Croatia that continue to promote research in the fields of first and second language acquisition of young learners.
Children and Languages Today: First and Second Language Literacy Development is the outcome of the conference held in 2017 at the Faculty of Education, University of Osijek. It is a collection of papers by experts on a wide range of topics that include developing literacy in teaching first and second languages and encompassing different fields of science and expertise, such as children's literature, bilingualism, metaphor usage, translation, vocabulary, narrative and orthography. This book hopes to shed light on and open up an array of questions in the area of literacy development.
List of Illustrations
Editors’ Preface: Children and Languages Today – First and Second Language Literacy Development
Part I. Language and Literacy Development
Chapter 1 Preschool knowledge of synonyms in the context of the complexity of the interlanguage field
Jelena Vignjević and Tihana Lukačić
Chapter 2 The connectivity between the interlanguage field and developing orthographic competence in early language discourse
Chapter 3 Acquisition and development of students’ vocabulary in lower grades of elementary school
Chapter 4 The impact of teaching sight words on L2 literacy learning in young Persian learners of English
Newsha Ahmadi and Mona Roudsaz
Chapter 5 On the sequence of biliteracy instruction in young learners: L2 then L1, or simultaneous L1 & L2?
Newsha Ahmadi and Negin Doost Mohammadi
Chapter 6 Narrative ability of a bilingual girl: Case study
Part II. Literature and Literacy Development
Chapter 7 The systemic didactics of children’s literature
Milena Mileva Blažić
Chapter 8 When gaffers go to the secretariate: On the specific linguistic code in children's/YA diary prose
Chapter 9 Character names in Croatian translations of Alice in Wonderland
Smiljana Narančić Kovač
Chapter 10 Read me: Children’s literature renaissance supreme and three cases of exploding delight
Chapter 11 On ravens, rings and spiders: Riddles and literacy development in children
About the Contributors
List of acronyms
Željka Flegar, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Osijek, Faculty of Education, teaches and conducts research on children’s literature, media and drama in English. Her research deals with the intricacies and deviations of English language and literary discourse, most recently in the context of the historical development of children's culture, adaptation, as well as in relation to her theory of "childlike language" of children's literature. She has published papers in Croatia and abroad and is the author of the interdisciplinary book Theatrical Improvisation, Language and Communication (2016).
Ivana Moritz, PhD, Senior Assistant at the University of Osijek, Faculty of Education, teaches courses on English language and grammar. Her fields of academic interest include the interdisciplinarity of figurative language and cognitive science, particularly the cognitive grounding of euphemisms and the conceptual integration in language and mind. She has published a number of academic papers and attended academic events in Croatia and abroad.
language teaching, language acquisition, literacy, children’s literature