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 Comprehension for ELLs with Reciprocal Teaching
Building comprehension for ELLs with reciprocal teaching

Reciprocal Teaching is a multifaceted strategy that fosters comprehension and the self- monitoring of comprehension (Palinscar & Brown, 1984). In reciprocal teaching, students work together in groups to summarize, question, and clarify text and to make text predictions. The group structure used in Reciprocal Teaching facilitates the meaningful participation of ELLs and FEP learners. By engaging students in structured dialogue about text, teachers are able to model and scaffold each component of Reciprocal Teaching. Students function as apprentices to the teacher, gradually taking on greater responsibility for their roles.

Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy

Reciprocal Teaching, a strategy meant to be used while reading, was developed, piloted, and tested by Palinscar and Brown ...

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