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Institutes on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners

CAL periodically offers Institutes featuring What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

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What's Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English?

Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism coverCenter for Applied Linguistics, Delta Publishing Company

Dorothy Kauffman


Whatís Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? provides teacher trainers with a curriculum to guide the professional development of classroom and ESL teachers who teach reading in classes where some or all of the students are English language learners.

This widely-used professional development tool includes a trainerís manual, a study guide for use by individual teachers, a DVD of the popular video, Why Reading Is Hard, and a CD-ROM of the presentation materials.

  • The Trainerís Manual contains everything needed to conduct trainings ranging from one or more workshops to a full graduate course. The workshop format is flexible and may follow different schedules depending on school or district needs.

  • The Study Guide includes activities, materials, and readings for use by workshop participants and serves as a practical, follow-up resource to help teachers reinforce knowledge and skills acquired during the workshop.

  • The video, Why Reading Is Hard, provides information about the factors that make learning to read in English difficult for English language learners and leads viewers to examine the reading skills they know and use automatically. The video presents samples of children reading aloud for viewers to critique and to develop plans for subsequent instruction.

  • The CD-ROM provides presentation materials in three convenient formats: PowerPoint, PDF, and transparency masters.

Learn more about CAL's professional development services based on What's Different? or download a sample of the materials. Adobe PDF Icon (5.42 MB, PDF)


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