Transition into Mainstream English: Effective Strategies for
William Saunders, Gisela O’Brien, Deborah Lennon, and Jerry
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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