Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2009

Grade(s): K - 6

Delivery Method: Print

Province: National

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Michael F. Opitz, Lindsey Guccione

Comprehension and English Language Learners

The 25 oral reading strategies in Comprehension and English Language Learners support students with differing levels of English proficiency during regular reading instruction—from beginners to those completely comfortable with their new language. Michael Opitz (coauthor of Goodbye Round Robin, Updated Edition) and Lindsey Guccione help you go beyond oral reading activities such as round robin or popcorn reading that have no research base and that can actually inhibit reading progress. With their strategies, you’ll instead help English language learners:

  • develop and monitor reading and listening comprehension
  • evaluate texts and engage with authors
  • learn social and academic vocabulary
  • connect writing, reading, speaking, listening, and viewing
  • get motivated to read on their own.

In addition, Opitz and Guccione make determining students’ level of English proficiency easier with a primer on effective ELL assessment. They show you how each strategy can work within or across levels to help English learners make progress or consolidate gains. Each strategy is clearly presented and ready to use today with teaching suggestions, classroom examples, suggested children’s literature, and online resources.