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International Reading Association (IRA) 2011 Annual Convention
Orange County Convention Center
May 8 11, 2011
Orlando, Florida

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Singable Books: Sing and Read Your Way to English Proficiency
Singable books are fun and engaging resources (for teachers, students, and parents alike) and for all ages! They can also be creatively expanded into an instructional reading approach to develop academic language, literacy, and vocabulary in early education, elementary, reading, and ESL classrooms (PreK - Grade 6). The evidence and research base presented focuses on English language learners (ELLs) and how singable books can help build their English proficiency. These books also appeal and this model also applies to most young learners, and is especially appropriate in culturally and linguistically diverse settings and in bilingual classrooms as well. Please come to sing, smile and laugh, while learning, experiencing, and sharing about singable books and how they can apply to your diverse students and classroom/s. Handouts include an annotated Singable Booklist with over 100 titles and a published article that synthesizes research and best practices about singable books. Ultimately, the richness of this session comes from the singable books themselves. Therefore, many of the recommended books are available for hands-on review before, during, and after the session.

Presenter: Betty Smallwood
4:45 pm
W208b, West Building

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Literacy Development in Secondary Newcomer Programs for English Language Learners (poster session)
This poster presents general findings from a national survey of middle and high school newcomer programs for English language learners as well as case study research on 10 middle and high school newcomer sites with evidence of effectiveness. The ESL or bilingual literacy development models and classroom practices in the different programs are described. Policy guidelines that promote basic and content area literacy for these learners are also explained. Learn more.

Presenter: Deborah Short
2:00 3:30 pm
Peabody, Plaza H


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