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

Dorothy Kauffman
Published by Center for Applied Linguistics and Delta Publishing Company


What’s 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 learners.

This widely-used professional development tool includes a trainer’s 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. 2007

  • The Trainer’s 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. It features workshop-ready materials; sample lesson plans; teachers’ reflections on instructional practices; summaries of reading research from the National Literacy Panel report; a chapter on content area reading and study skills for middle school students; information on beginning reading and first language influences.
  • 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. It also serves as a handy reference following the workshop experience. A study guide is required for each workshop participant. The study guides can be ordered separately from the CAL Store.
  • The video, Why Reading Is Hard, provides information about the factors that make learning to read in English difficult for English 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.

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What's Different Program Resources
Learn more about plans for a third edition of this program and new resources, including the newly available chapter excerpt, What’s Different About Teaching Vocabulary to English Learners