ERIC Number: EJ846035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Reference Count: 10
Success with ELLs: Summertime and the Living Is Easy--Retaining English Skills in Summer
DelliCarpini, Margo, Ed.
English Journal, v98 n6 p100-103 Jul 2009
Although summer is a glorious time for many, with a summer off, comes the real issue of potential loss of skills. When English language learning is taken into account, summer has an even greater potential for backslide not only in terms of content but also in English language development. For some ELLs, a summer away from school can also mean a summer away from English. Many secondary-level English programs include assignments for work to be completed over the summer, either to prepare students for the upcoming school year (through specific course readings, research, and writing activities) or to maintain the students' level of preparedness over what can seem like endless summer days filled with little structure or thought about academics. The author advocates a participatory learning activity as a way that English teachers can structure their summer assignments and ensure that students are engaged in the learning experience and have fun while learning.
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, English Teachers, Learning Experience, English (Second Language), Language Acquisition, Summer Programs, Social Justice, Literacy, Academic Achievement
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