Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.
Building Oral Language with Read-Alouds and Picture Books
Reading aloud to students of all ages has the potential to expose them to academic vocabulary and language structures that, because of their reading level in English, they would not ordinarily be able to access themselves. Read-alouds and picture books make language more comprehensible and enable ELLs and FEP learners to hear and use rich language structures to derive meaning from books and engage in discussions about books. Read-alouds also provide a springboard for academic conversations, which promote greater content-area understanding than students are able to generate on their own (Albright, 2002). Engaging students in a read-aloud involves both careful planning and thoughtful implementation (Campbell, 2001; Goldenberg, 1992).
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