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Resource Title Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades

This guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE), describes evidence-based recommendations for literacy instruction for English language learners in the elementary grades. The target audience includes administrators, curriculum specialists, coaches, staff development specialists and teachers. The guide addresses curriculum selection, instructional practices, implementation strategies, assessments for monitoring progress, reasonable expectations for student achievement and growth, and policies. The quality and quantity of evidence that supports the recommendations is described. Information is organized according to five recommendations:

  • Screen for reading problems and monitor progress
  • Provide intensive small-group reading interventions
  • Provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction
  • Develop academic English
  • Schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities

A checklist is provided to guide implementation of each recommendation. Many materials to support implementation of the recommendations are available at the USDE’s Doing What Works Web site.

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