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Expanding Literacy Instruction by Tutoring English Learners

Course Coordinator:

Giselle Lundy-Ponce

About the course

This course focuses on literacy training for tutors or teachers providing individualized instruction to ELLs in grades K-6 who need additional literacy supports. Even before the pandemic, many students learning English struggled to participate on equal terms in the classroom as they confronted the dual challenge of mastering grade-level content while continuing to learn English. For many ELLs, the abrupt transitions during the pandemic have made that struggle even harder.

Participants will be able to:

• Develop a deeper understanding of the benefits and research of individualized instruction for ELLs.
• Examine the foundational literacy skills ELLs need to succeed as readers.
• Make connections between individualized instruction, family support, and ongoing professional learning and supports.
• Learn and practice research-based instructional strategies for reading complex text, acquiring academic vocabulary, assessing progress in reading and visual linguistics.
• Reflect on existing instructional practices to better understand modifications and adaptation.

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