3 Strategies for Teaching Struggling ESL Readers

English as a second language (ESL) students come to the classroom with varying levels and complexity of struggles and knowledge.  Some ESL students lack background knowledge, while others may have difficulties connecting their native language with the new language they are learning.  Every ESL student is unique with varying levels or oral, listening, and text skills. Additionally, some students have … Read More

Bilingual School Readiness Books – A Fun Way to Learn Colors, Letters, and Numbers

Infants and young children learn language skills through interactions with their parents and family members, as language is a form of communication to share feelings, thoughts, and ideas.  Literacy is also a skill that is learned through interaction with parents, family members, and educators. It is essential for young children to be cognizant of symbols and text, for them to … Read More

Multicultural Literature and Library Programs

Multicultural literature is oftentimes unheard of in libraries across America.  Considering that America is a multicultural nation, and that more and more immigrants and English Learners (EL) are coming to America, that is unacceptable.  Experiential, ideological, cultural, and social aspects in multicultural literature typically aren’t found in the basic, status quo literature in our country’s libraries and schools.  Let’s explore … Read More

Tips for Reading Aloud with Infants & Toddlers

Reading is an integral part of our lives, so it’s important to start reading to children from the day that they’re born.  Infants and toddlers listen and learn everything they hear.  So, it’s important to read aloud to them.  Additionally, when children begin speaking, they’ll start repeating the terms and phrases they’re hearing.  In turn, there vocabulary will increase. Take … Read More

Culturally Meaningful Children’s Books for Hispanic Families

Reading is crucial for all kids in order to improve their reading comprehension, literacy, and language skills.  Research demonstrates that kids are more engaged when they read books that they can relate to, especially if the books connect to their heritage or cultural background.  It is important to note that not all books about Spanish-speaking individuals are relevant to all … Read More

Laws and Policies for English Learners

Laws and policies play a huge role in the education system at the federal, state, and local levels.  These laws come straight from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. Further, there are some laws that are specific to English Learners.  Take a look at some of these laws and how they affect English Learners. Services for the Educationally Disadvantaged … Read More

5 Tips for Teaching Biliteracy to Adults

Adult English Language Learners (ELLs), experience the same stresses, difficulties, and anxieties that young ELLs do, but at times can have tougher experiences as they have more concrete knowledge in their native or first language.  Additionally, adult ELLs have greater responsibilities and issues dealing with work, family, and life occupying their minds. Oftentimes it is thought that adult ELLs need … Read More

Striving for Educational Equity

School districts and educators know the importance of an equitable learning environment.  However, every school district has unique obstacles to overcome, and every single student has unique needs.  Educators often influence factors that allow for these inequities to continue; therefore, not all inequities can be solved by educators in the classroom setting.  However, there are principals, which can guide any … Read More

3 Signs of a Learning Delay with English Learners

English Learners (ELs) face exclusive challenges when trying to learn English and navigate the United States (U.S.) school system. Due to languages barriers, it is oftentimes difficult to recognize if ELLs are having trouble in school.  Take a look at 3 signs of a learning delay with ELs. 1) Not Making Progress in School ELs who aren’t making progress in … Read More

Phonics Instruction for Middle and High School ELLs

Phonics is a critical part of Language Arts and is taught more extensively in grades pre-K to third grade.  After fourth grade, it is assumed that students have already learned the crucial phonics skill needed to succeed in school.  However, for ELLs who began learning English after fourth grade, they more than likely do not have the phonetic skills necessary … Read More