Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Topic: Literacy Instruction for ELLs

10-second review: Good literacy instruction for ELLs [English Language Learners, i.e., students learning English as a Second Language] looks very much like good literacy instruction for students in general.

Title: “Students Learning English and Their Literacy Instruction in Urban Schools.” WH Teale. Reading Teacher (May 2009), 699-703.

Summary: Good literacy instruction: clear learning objectives. Authentic practices in reading and writing Active student engagement. Extended explanations. Identifying and clarifying difficult vocabulary. Increase background information on content to be read. Have others paraphrase and summarize. Linguistic interactions with peers and teachers.

Comment: Try 10-minute essays. Each night ELL students write for ten minutes in English. The next night, the teacher corrects by changing spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, usage and interpreting idioms, if necessary. Students compare teacher corrections with what they have written, ask questions and then rewrite, inserting teacher corrections. Enables the students to visualize what their writing will look like as correct writing. RayS.

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