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Teaching Reading: K-2 Workshop

Before You Watch | Supporting the English Language Learner

Video Summary

 In the video for this session, Dr. Mileidis Gort presents research-based principles that support English Language Learners’ literacy and language development. She describes the characteristics of beginning and intermediate second-language learners, then presents instructional practices that best meet their needs. Workshop participants then watch classroom excerpts illustrating teaching practices that support English Language Learners in their beginning literacy development. They later develop a lesson plan to promote understanding and appreciation of selected texts.

Session Preparation

Materials Needed for This Session

Classroom trade book or literature book

Throughout the session, questions are posed to guide you through the topic. If you are working in a group, discuss your responses; if you are working alone, reflect on them in your journal.

To prepare for the workshop session, you will tap your prior knowledge, read two articles on effective reading instruction for English Language Learners, and review important terms.

What do you already know?

Print and complete the Supporting the English Language Learner Chart (PDF).

Assignment: Save your Supporting the English Language Learner Chart to revise at the end of the session.

Read these articles:

Reading Instruction for ELL Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Peregoy, S. F., and O. F. Boyle. “Reading and Literature Instruction for English Language Learners.” Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL: A Resource Book for K-12 Teachers, 267-288. New York, N.Y.: Longman, 2001.

Scaffolding Reading Experiences Part: 1 | 2 | 3 (PDF)
Graves, M. F., and J. Fitzgerald. “Scaffolding Reading Experiences for Multilingual Classrooms.” In Garcia, G. G., ed. English Learners: Reaching the Highest Level of English Literacy, 96-124. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, 2003.

Review these important terms:

Background knowledge
English Language Learner
Funds of knowledge
Mainstream group
Native language
Oral language
Scaffolded Reading Experience (SRE)

Revise your chart:

Return to your Supporting the English Language Learner Chart. Add any new thoughts, ideas, or questions based on the readings and review of important terms.


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Teaching Reading: K-2 Workshop


Produced by WGBH Educational Foundation. 2003.
  • ISBN: 1-57680-681-2