Teaching Reading: 3-5 Workshop
Teaching English Language Learners Put It Into Practice | Teaching English Language Learners
In this section, you will build on what you have learned and develop strategies that you can use in your own classroom. The following activities are designed to help assess your multicultural books and to use students’ interests to plan instruction. Choose one or more of the activities from the list below.
Activity 1 –Evaluate Your Multicultural Literature
In this activity, you will practice evaluating the multicultural literature in your classroom library and instructional program.
Activity 2 –Begin a Dialogue
In this activity, you will develop a questionnaire and then interview one of your English language learners.
Evaluate Your Multicultural Literature
One of the ways teachers can help English language learners develop a strong sense of identity in the classroom and improve their reading comprehension is to use multicultural literature in the literacy program. In this activity, you will practice evaluating the multicultural literature in your classroom library and instructional program. When you have finished, save your chart to submit as an assignment.
- Review the characteristics of quality multicultural literature and questions for each characteristic listed in Extend Your Knowledge.
- Select five books from your classroom, or five new books from the library, and evaluate them using the Evaluating Multicultural Literature Chart (PDF). You may want to do this with a colleague.
- Determine which books provide accurate portrayals of the cultures represented.
Next, review the information on your chart and answer these questions:
- Are the books you selected accurate and authentic representations of the culture?
- How will you use these books? (e.g., for independent reading, for whole-class or small-group instruction)
- What other books would you like to include in your literacy program or classroom library?
- Where can you find additional multicultural literature?
Begin a Dialogue
In this activity, you will develop a questionnaire and then interview one of your English language learners. This activity is designed to help you learn more about your student–in particular his or her unique language, cultural and ethnic background, strengths and needs, and the ways in which reading and writing are important to him or her. When you have finished, save your written work to submit as an assignment.
- Develop a questionnaire:
Reread Professor Jiménez’s article, “It’s a Difference That Changes Us: An Alternative View of the Language and Literacy Learning Needs of Latina/o Students.” Next, develop a questionnaire to guide you in a dialogue with your English language learner. Include questions that focus on the following categories:
- family background (culture, country of origin, language(s) spoken in different settings and to whom)
- home literacy behaviors
- outside interests
- favorites (books, TV shows, movies, etc.)
- student self-assessment (e.g., What is easy for you? What is hard for you? What would you like to do better in school?)
- Engage in a dialogue:
Use the topics from the questionnaire as a basis for a dialogue with one English language learner. Take notes during the dialogue. Encourage the student to ask you questions as well.
- Reflect and plan instruction:
Review your notes and discuss two changes you will make in subsequent instruction.
6.2 Analyze the Video | Teaching English Language Learners
Watch the video, "Teaching English Language Learners," taking notes as you watch. After you watch, jot down your answers to the questions below. If you prefer to watch the video in segments, pause the video when you see the next chapter heading.
Supplementary: It's a Difference That Changes Us: An Alternative View of the Language and Literacy Learning Needs of Latina/o Students
Workshop 1 Creating Contexts for Learning
This session examines how classroom organization, routines, and grouping practices can enhance literacy skills in the middle grades. Literacy expert Jeanne Paratore discusses teaching strategies that foster reading and writing skills. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 2 Fluency and Word Study
This session focuses on how students in the middle grades develop vocabulary and reading fluency. Literacy expert Richard Allington discusses specific teaching strategies that help build fluency and vocabulary, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 3 Building Comprehension
Comprehending text is one of the main goals of reading. In this session, literacy expert Nell Duke discusses what good readers do and strategies teachers can use to help students build comprehension skills. Classroom footage provides examples of comprehension strategies.
Workshop 4 Writing
This workshop examines the relationship between reading and writing in the middle grades. Literacy expert Nadeen Ruiz discusses the connections, conventions, and inventions that provide a framework for teaching writing, illustrated by classroom examples.
Workshop 5 New Literacies of the Internet
This workshop focuses on the evolving use of networked technology in education. Literacy expert Donald Leu discusses strategies that help students effectively read, write, and communicate on the Internet. Classroom examples illustrate strategies for using Internet resources in the classroom.
Workshop 6 Teaching English Language Learners
Changing classroom demographics call for a range or teaching strategies. In this session, literacy expert Robert Jim�nez discusses strategies teachers can use to create a successful learning environment for all students, while supporting English language learners. Classroom examples illustrate the research.
Workshop 7 Teaching Diverse Learners
In this session, literacy expert Dorothy Strickland discusses how teachers can meet the diverse needs of readers and writers in their classrooms. Classroom examples and teaching strategies address different aspects of diversity, including culture, language, background, ability, and learning approaches.
Workshop 8 Assessment and Accountability
This session explores assessment, standards, and outcomes. Literacy expert Kathy Au discusses the strategies teachers can use to assess students' understanding in reading and writing. Classroom examples illustrate how students can participate in their own assessment.
Supplementary Workshop 6 - Teaching English Language Learners
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