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Teaching English Language Learners

6. Teaching English Language Learners

What strengths and challenges do English language learners bring to the classroom? In this session, literacy and bilingual education expert Robert Jiménez examines the teaching strategies that best support the literacy development of students who are learning English as a second language. You will learn how to build on students' first language and background experiences, and how to create a classroom environment that promotes meaningful literacy learning.

Robert Jiménez"The best teachers of English language learners use what they know about literacy and what they know about their students to build reading and writing skills. They learn about the role of reading and writing in different cultures and communities; they use students' backgrounds and linguistic skills as a foundation for learning; and, they give their students the tools they need to excel."

Robert Jiménez
Professor of Education
Vanderbilt University

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Learning Goals

At the end of this session, you will better understand how to:

  • use what you already know about effective literacy practices to plan instruction for English language learners
  • create a classroom environment and curriculum that integrate different languages and cultures
  • develop vocabulary to advance both language and literacy skills
  • promote oral language development and reading comprehension with teacher read-alouds and peer discussions

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