Monday, January 4, 2010

Topic: English Language Learners (ELLs) and Textbooks

10-second review: Suggests the need for more multi-modal materials in textbooks for ELL students.

Title: “English as a Second Language Learners’ Exploration of Multi-Modal Texts in a Junior High School.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 52 (7), 585-595, 2009.

Comment: “Multi-modal” means text, pictures, sound and film. Certainly more pictures will help to generate more discussion, especially pictures or diagrams of complex topics. More pictures to accompany any topic, whether in a textbook or not, makes sense in increasing the opportunity for discussion with English language learners. RayS.

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