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Teaching Oral Language Development and Foundational Reading Skills for English Learners

05/21/2019 at 8:30AM - 3:00PM EST
Location: CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106


This professional learning opportunity is funded through Title III statewide activities funds. 

Audience: PreK-3 elementary classroom teachers, instructional coaches, coordinators, TESOL/bilingual teachers, administrators.  Participants are encouraged to come in teams (e.g., classroom teacher, coach/department chair, ESL teacher, administrator).

Session Description: 
Participants will learn about the stages of second language acquisition and language proficiency levels in order to build capacity to make better instructional decisions about English learners (ELs) in their classrooms in oral language development and reading.  Through interactive experiences, participants will see the importance of oral language development to build comprehension as reading proficiency and overall English proficiency develops in ELs.

Participants will engage in research-based strategies that incorporate the five components of reading and address the needs of ELs. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to utilize basic strategies and research new resources that will engage EL students in reading and reflect on this new learning in their classrooms/schools.

Learning Outcomes: 
Participants will understand how second language acquisition impacts oral language development and literacy. Participants will engage in interactive activities that will build upon their knowledge of ELs at the elementary level. Featured strategies will focus on improved literacy routines to support language and literacy development for ELs.​

This series is focused on enhancing academic outcomes for English learners (ELs) by increasing the capacity of school and district professionals to effectively meet the needs of ELs through research-based and effective practices and strategies and adherence to federal and state policies.