How Reading Science Works for English Learners

By Melissa and Lori Love Literacy, Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan Last updated 2024/05/27
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In this podcast episode, Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan discusses structured literacy for English Language learners. Evidence-based instruction for English Learners involves recognizing the unique history, culture, and usage of each language, plus research-based explicit instruction. Dr. emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between language and literacy, wherein language aids literacy, and literacy enhances language skills.

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
Vocabulary Grade 1: B2.7; Grades 2–3: B2.4; Grade 4: B2.2Linking the meanings and features of new words, such as linking semantic features to their existing word schemas.
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Topic(s): Culturally Relevant and Responsive PedagogyMultilingual LearnersVocabulary

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  1. Having taught English Language Learners in France (1998), Singapore (2000) and Mexico (2002-2005), I wish I’d known then what I know now about second language acquisition…and I wish podcasts had been a thing back then, too, to make this research and information more accessible to classroom teachers like me. I just loved this podcast episode with Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan because it reassured me that my instructional practice for FSL learners requires the same, explicit, systematic instruction and focus on oral language skills that is necessary for ELL learners, too. This is an episode that is NOT to be skipped!

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