Teaching English Language Learners
Featuring Diane August, Margarita Calderón, and Fred Genesee discussing best practices for teaching English language learners.
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.
For general information about our webcasts or to be part of our studio audience in Washington D.C., please click here.
In classrooms around the country, teachers need to teach reading to children who don't speak English, and they haven't been trained. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education convened a panel of scholars to determine the best research-based practices for teaching English language learners. The panel hopes to release its report in 2004. For this teleconference, we brought you three members of the panel who shared their expertise as independent researchers in the area of second language acquisition.
This teleconference was produced by Reading Rockets in partnership with the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), the National Education Association (NEA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE). Funding for this teleconference was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education.
Teaching English Language Learners to Read is available for purchase at our online store, LearningStore.
Diane August is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Margarita Calderón is a Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR).
Fred Genesee is a Professor in the Psychology Department at McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
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.
If you currently teach English language learners (ELLs) you may find the following downloads useful:
Related products from LearningStore
An authoritative reference for teachers facing an increasingly diverse school population that provides pre-service and in-service teachers, curriculum specialists, teacher mentors, and administrators with the necessary tools to meet the educational needs of English language learners in an inclusive classroom.
This unique bilingual picture dictionary introduces 750 widely used words, arranged thematically and enhanced with brilliant illustrations, language scripts, transliterations and a picture index.
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?
Please visit our English language learners/Bilingual section of LearningStore to discover the best research-based practices for teaching ELLs.
- How does your school district assess language proficiency of incoming ELL students? Is social proficiency assessed differently from academic proficiency?
- In your own words, describe the difference between word-level skill and text-level skill attainment for ELL students. Then, describe specific things teachers can do to increase ELL students' text-level skills.
- Consider a read aloud 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?
- Compare and contrast the teaching of comprehension strategies to ELL students and to native English speakers.
- Create a list of teaching behaviors that could promote comprehension skill development for ELL students.
The Reading Rockets Professional Development Webcast Series is a production of WETA. The Reading Rockets project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
This program was produced by WETA/Reading Rockets, which is solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in the program are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of WETA/Reading Rockets, our funders, or our partners.
* To view this file, you'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader. Most computers already have it installed, or you can download it now.