Using the Language Experience Approach with English Language Learners Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy

ISBN-10: 141295505X

ISBN-13: 9781412955058

Edition: 2008

Authors: Carol N. Dixon, Denise D. Nessel

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"Nessel and Dixon show teachers how to effectively support English language development by using the Language Experience Approach." David E. Freeman and Yvonne S. Freeman, Professors of Literacy, ESL, and Bilingual Education The University of Texas at Brownsville "Provides the tools teachers need to use this natural way of helping English Language Learners. The Language Experience Approach makes language and language arts accessible to the students in need of basic skills." Roberta E. Dorr, Associate Professor of Education Trinity University, WA Support ELLs while meeting the goals of your literacy curriculum! English Language Learners (ELLs) enter the classroom with different levels of proficiencyand confidencein English. The Language Experience Approach offers K12 teachers an instructional framework and classroom strategies for meeting students at their level and helping them use their strengths as speakers and listeners to build reading and writing skills. Research-based and used successfully in practice, this method actively engages students by allowing them to construct their own texts and bring their personal experiences into the learning process. The authors: Offer detailed, step-by-step directions for using the Language Experience Approach in English language instruction Include examples of the kinds of texts that are generated by ELL students Describe activities teachers can use with those texts to refine and extend learners' literacy skills Appropriate for teaching students at varying levels of English proficiency, Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners is a valuable reference for teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 4/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Carol N. Dixon has worked as a reading clinician, university professor and administrator, and consultant to schools and universities around the country and abroad. In her role as a university faculty member, she directed a reading clinic and an MA in Reading/Reading Specialist Credential Program for 20 years. She has conducted numerous workshops and demonstration lessons for classroom teachers and has made numerous presentations at scholarly conferences in the United States and internationally. She has written or co-authored books and journal articles as resources for teachers, as well as over 50 research-based articles for professional publications. In her current work, she focuses on classroom research that investigates the teaching of reading and writing as thinking processes, particularly to English Language Learners.

Denise Nessel is coauthor of the Heinemann title The Comprehension Experience. Her motivation for writing it came from the beliefs she has long held about what makes reading instruction most effective: a firm understanding of the comprehension process and an ability to apply that understanding in ways that give both students and teachers a real sense of accomplishment. In collaborating with educators across the country to improve K - 12 instructional practices, Denise aims to bring more zest and depth to literacy instruction and content-area teaching, She finds that students everywhere respond eagerly to the right kinds of learning experiences. Skillfully crafting such experiences is her special interest. Denise began her career as a secondary English teacher. When she discovered that a number of her students read very poorly and even the high achievers did not always comprehend what they read, she knew she had much to learn. At Bowling Green State University, she focused on reading at the secondary level and put what she learned to good use as a teacher and reading specialist. Later, at the University of Delaware, she focused on K - 12 reading and refined her understanding of the reading process while teaching in that university's reading clinic and mentoring in nearby classrooms. During her years at Delaware, Denise was inspired by Russell Stauffer, whose clinical and classroom teaching was memorable and whose mentorship of his consulting team was invaluable. Denise next worked as a university professor and as a K - 12 curriculum supervisor. In 1980, she relocated to California and became a full time consultant and mentor, helping teachers at all grade levels in the US and abroad learn to teach with greater knowledge, skill, and sensitivity. During this time, she also codirected a storytelling/literacy project. Since 1989, she has helped to shape and deliver the professional development services offered by the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), a non-profit dedicated to helping all students achieve at the highest levels. Denise has also served as a consultant to education publishers, worked as a designer of educational software, and written several books on instruction. Denise's diverse experiences have given her a broad perspective on learning and learners. She's as comfortable with a first grade reading group as she is in a high school classroom or a teacher workshop. In each situation, she aims to engage learners intellectually while making their learning relevant, meaningful, and enjoyable. When envisioning her ideal school, Denise thinks of a place where students and teachers are actively involved every day in reading, thinking, writing, discussing, and using what they learn to make their lives more interesting and satisfying. Although she is thrilled with the many excellent materials and technological tools available today, she considers the quality of teaching the most important element of any instructional program. At the core of her ideal school are knowledgeable teachers who enjoy interacting with their students, who love learning, and who are skillful practitioners.

About the Authors
Introduction to the Language Experience Approach
The Value of LEA for English Language Learners: An Overview
Reading From Experience for Beginners
Reading From Experience for Intermediate Students
Reading From Experience for Advanced Students
Vocabulary and Word Recognition in an LEA Program
Writing in an LEA Program
Putting It All Together
LEA and State Standards
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