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Successful Transitions book cover Successful Transition into Mainstream English: Effective Strategies for Studying Literature

William Saunders, Gisela O’Brien, Deborah Lennon, and Jerry McLean

 

This report is one of a series of reports on various aspects of a multi-year Spanish-to-English language arts transition curriculum in the Los Angeles area. The program uses 8-week literature units to promote first and second language acquisition and academic achievement in Grades 2–5. The authors describe four effective instructional strategies used in the program: building students’ background knowledge, drawing on students’ personal experiences, promoting extended discourse through writing and discussion, and assisting students in re-reading pivotal portions of the text. 1999.

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