Multimedia Overview Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English LearnersUse this multimedia overview to learn the importance of teaching English learners to read in English while they are developing oral proficiency, and how this helps them increase vocabulary, speak in English, and learn other subject-matter content. See how the five recommended practices fit together to create a full research-based solution for schools, teachers, and students. (6:05 min)
Explore these recommended practices:
- <<Screen and Monitor Progress
Conduct formative assessments to screen for reading problems and monitor progress.
- <<Provide Reading Interventions
Provide intensive, small group reading interventions for English learners at risk for reading problems.
- <<Teach Vocabulary
Provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction throughout the day.
- <<Develop Academic English
Develop academic English competence beginning in the primary grades.
- <<Schedule Peer Learning
Schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities, including structured language practice.
Current Practices in Teaching Literacy to K-5 English LearnersRussell Gersten, Ph.D.
Instructional Research Group and University of Oregon
This interview features Dr. Russell Gersten, chair of the expert panel that produced the Practice Guide. Dr. Gersten describes some of the new understandings that have recently emerged in teaching Reading to English learners in grades K-5. He overviews the five practices that are described in the Practice Guide, discusses how they might be used in schools, and provides implications for professional development. (5:17 min)