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Creating new fiction for low-educated immigrant adults: Leapfrogging to Digital

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Martha Young-Scholten, Dr Helen Limon



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Common Ground Publishing, 2015.

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Abstract Amongst second language learner populations, adults with insufficient native language literacy skills progress the slowest in acquiring linguistic competence and/or developing basic literacy skills in their second language. A large body of research on children shows that those who read for pleasure go further faster in developing comprehension skills. Krashen (1988; 1989; 2003; 2004) extends this to second language learning. Pleasure reading depends on a good selection books available in the home, school or community, but the small quantity of engaging books written for low-educated adults has precluded this practice. Since 2010, the Simply Cracking Good Stories project has been working with creative writers and linguists to produce narratively engaging, cognitively sophisticated and linguistically accessible short fiction books with adult themes. These books are made available in hard copy form but there are a number of reasons to move to digital provision.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Young-Scholten M, Limon H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The International Journal of the Book

Year: 2015

Volume: 13

Issue: 4

Pages: 1-9

Print publication date: 01/12/2015

Online publication date: 21/09/2015

Acceptance date: 16/09/2013

Date deposited: 25/05/2015

ISSN (print): 1447-9516

ISSN (electronic): 1447-9567

Publisher: Common Ground Publishing



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