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ERIC Number: EJ918878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Promoting Literacy Development
Coleman, Rhoda; Goldenberg, Claude
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n6 p14-18 Feb 2011
A fundamental challenge facing students who are English Learners (ELs) is the interplay of oral language development--speaking and understanding a language--and literacy development--learning to read and write the language. This interplay is especially challenging because each of those developmental processes is complex in and of itself, and each one influences the other. With ELs, teachers must deal with both developmental processes simultaneously, using techniques not generally needed with children who already speak English. There is a huge range of oral language proficiencies even among English speakers. However, children who have grown up speaking English understand and speak it in a way that children who have not grown up speaking English simply do not. Thus, for ELs--also referred to, interchangeably, as English Language Learners (ELLs)--teachers must differentiate instruction to manage, promote, encourage, and stimulate oral and written language development concurrently. To promote higher levels of literacy attainment among ELs, educators and policy makers can use research conducted over the past 25 years as a guide. In this article, research-based principles are identified and presented along with specific techniques teachers may consider adopting.
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Language: English
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