ERIC Number: ED432134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Transition into Mainstream English: Effective Strategies for Studying Literature. Educational Practice Report 2.
Saunders, William; O'Brien, Gisela; Lennon, Deborah; McLean, Jerry
This report describes a multi-year transitional program designed to move limited-English-speakers in the elementary grades into mainstream classroom instruction, focusing on the study of literature as a central strategy. The program is designed to challenge students academically, be comprehensive, provide continuity, and build explicit connections between students' existing knowledge and experiences and the academic curriculum. An overview of the program's design is given, and instructional components and strategies of the language arts program are described. A sample literature unit based on one text is detailed, illustrating the use of the four major strategies. Results of a program evaluation indicating the positive impact of the transitional program are outlined. Contains 42 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence, Santa Cruz, CA.