Comprehension: Helping English Language Learners Grasp the Full Picture
Featuring Dr. Cynthia Lundgren and Kristina Robertson discussing effective reading comprehension strategies for teaching English language learner students.
This webcast is made possible by AFT Teachers, a division of the American Federation of Teachers, as part of a Colorín Colorado partnership between AFT and Reading Rockets.
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This 45-minute webcast offers practical information on how to teach English language learners effective comprehension skills.
Dr. Cynthia Lundgren is an assistant professor at The Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning at Hamline University's Graduate School of Education in St. Paul, MN. In this interview, Dr. Lundgren offers a blueprint for administrators who are serving a new or changing population of ELLs. Topics covered include creating a welcoming culture, assessment, language instruction, staffing, and professional development. In addition, Dr. Lundgren has contributed to the following resources from Colorín Colorado:
Kristina Robertson is an ELL specialist with extensive experience as a classroom teacher and professional development leader. Kristina is the current Titles Coordinator for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Minnesota. Kristina is a contributor to our Bright Ideas section and is featured in a Colorín Colorado Meet the Expert interview.
Delia Pompa is the moderator of this webcast. She is the Vice President of the Center for Community Educational Excellence, at the National Council of La Raza.
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For a teacher who speaks only English, having students who speak another language can be a daunting prospect. How do teachers teach English language learners (ELLs) to read in a new language?
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- How is vocabulary related to comprehension?
- Describe some activities you've used with ELL students to tap into their prior knowledge of a topic.
- Compare and contrast the teaching of comprehension strategies to ELL students and students for whom English is their first language.
- Consider a classroom reading book you recently used. What vocabulary or concepts were presented in the book that could cause confusion for ELL learners? What could you do to scaffold the read aloud experience that would benefit ELL learners?
- Create a semantic map that could be used in your class. How could you use this map to plan further learning experiences?
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