Effective Instruction of English Learners

Posted by Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory on November 2, 2015

Effective Instruction of English Learners

Children of immigrants are among the fastest-growing populations in U.S. schools, and many of these students have limited English proficiency. Educators across the nation face the challenge of instructing students with varied levels of English proficiency. This webinar will provide an overview of the research behind literacy for second language learners, the different variables that influence a second language learners’ reading abilities, and strategies to improve instruction for these students. Drawing from her research and experience, Dr. Esther Geva will discuss the different skills and variables that must be addressed when teaching literacy to English learners. She will provide an overview of some of these skills, including familiarity with vocabulary and grammar, phonics, reading fluency, the use of context clues and reading strategies.

In addition, she will also discuss the role of other variables, such as interest and motivation, taking into account developmental differences and, prior educational experiences, and the role of home language influences. Finally, participants will explore the different types of support and resources that teachers need in order to adequately address the needs of students who are learning English.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST


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