Research-Based Best Practices in L2 Literacy Developing Reading Comprehension Skills for English Language Learners

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Research-Based Best Practices in L2 Literacy
Developing Reading Comprehension Skills for English Language Learners

Infiernito Finca Escuela
Honduras (2009)

EDUC 5465
Introduction to ESL/Bilingual and Special Education

Written by: Mia Ariela Allen
May 2010

Research-Based Best Practices in L2 Literacy
Developing Reading Comprehension Skills for English Language Learners

Research guiding questions: * How should classroom reading instruction practices best meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students? * Is there a need for unique pedagogy to meet the literacy development needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students? * Can the framework of Read Recovery be applied to inform
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The content classroom must provide opportunities for English Language Learners to expand language skills in addition to content specific skills. Many older English Language Learners do not have the luxury of mastering the English Language before they must learn content material. Because it often takes years for these students to develop cognitive academic language skills, it is important that content and language be taught simultaneously (Bouchard, 4). A great deal of research indicates that bilingual children have not had a positive experience with special education. It has been well established that bilingual and minority children in general have historically been misplaced and thus overrepresented in special education programs (Baca, 12). With the growth of the English Language Learner population, and the growing concern about the numbers of inappropriate referrals to special education, the challenge for educators is to distinguish between reading difficulties related to second language acquisition and problems caused by a learning disability (Baca, Klinger, Hoover, 1). The guiding questions for literacy instruction research are often the best practices in classroom instruction that benefits the unique academic needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

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