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Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades

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Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education

The goal of this practice guide is to offer evidence-based recommendations for use by educators addressing the challenge of effective literacy instruction for English learners in the elementary grades. This is a general resource and is not specific to students with a visual impairment.

Table of Contents

  • Effective instruction for English learners
    • Overview
    • Scope of the practice guide
    • Checklist for carrying out the recommendations
  • Recommendation 1. Screen for reading problems and monitor progress
  • Recommendation 2. Provide intensive small-group reading interventions
  • Recommendation 3. Provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction
  • Recommendation 4. Develop academic English
  • Recommendation 5. Schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities
  • Appendix. Technical information on the studies
    • Recommendation 1. Screen for reading problems and monitor progress
    • Recommendation 2. Provide intensive small-group reading interventions
    • Recommendation 3. Provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction
    • Recommendation 4. Develop academic English
    • Recommendation 5. Schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities

Additional research on English Language Learners is available at the What Works Clearinghouse.
 

Posted on February 26, 2012
Updated on: November 28, 2018