Instructional Reading Methods And Strategies For English Language Learners

1291 Words Sep 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Introduction Multiple studies have been done on instructional reading methods/strategies for English Language Learners, however, Geneva Gay defines the solution best. Geneva defines culturally responsive instruction as “using cultural knowledge, prior experiences, frames of reference, and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant to and effective for them” (Gay, 2013). The main strategies this paper will focus on to enhance and strengthen instructional reading and literacy in the classroom is building relationships with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and cooperative learning and engagement strategies that relate to cultural knowledge and prior experiences. Building relationships is truly the foundation of teaching English Language Learners effectively. Building relationships with your multicultural student population will be the basis and support for all other instructional reading strategies. The relationship that is made with students will make a tremendous difference in the classroom, especially as the number of English Language Learners continues to increase. The percentage of public school students in the United States who were English language learners (ELL) was higher in the school year of 2013–14 with a 9.3 percent increase than in 2003–04 with a 8.8 percent increase and in 2012–13 with a 9.2 percent increase (National Center of Education Statistics, 2016). In the United States ELL students are…

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