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English Learners & Literacy

Learning to read and write in English, while simultaneously becoming facile with spoken English, is a challenge for the many English Learners in American schools. Developing a rich vocabulary is especially critical for all students, as indicated by the close relationship between vocabulary and comprehension. For English Learners, intentional instruction and experiences with vocabulary are especially critical.
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Teaching English Learners: Vocabulary (Part I): In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Hiebert will discuss why vocabulary is a primary means of increasing English Language Learners' capacity with complex text, in addition to discussing how instruction in particular types of vocabulary (e.g., picturable compound words) can lay a foundation for reading many complex texts.

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This series of webinars on the Common Core State Standards offers educators the chance to hear from, and talk with experts who served in advisory roles to the CCSS development team. In their webinars, experts will discuss the knowledge base of the original CCSS report, ancillary documents, reports of foundations and policy groups, current implementation projects, and newly published research.

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25 Common Spanish Words Their Relationship to English Literary Words: A list of academic words with its corresponding Latin root, Spanish cognate, and English common word. Great resource to show the relationship of words among different languages.

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The BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading.

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Literacy for a Diverse Society: Perspectives, Practices and Policies » This book considers the social and cultural context of literacy and its acquisition.

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Teaching English Learners: Vocabulary (Part 2) Dr. Hiebert builds on the content of Part 1 to describe the nature of vocabulary lessons with literary texts (i.e., narrative texts and texts in magazines). One type of vocabulary lesson addresses strategies for dealing with particular types of words (e.g., compound words, proper names). The second type of vocabulary lesson focuses on the words in specific texts.

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