Since the advent of the Common Core, states have demanded that students grapple with and “learn from” complex texts. This has resulted in teachers using a primarily text-based mode of instruction: instruction is dominated by Close Reading of the text that focuses on a “comprehension skill” like finding the main idea and details. Then, students […]
Blog: All children are AEBLL!Welcome to my blog! Are you a hard-working NY teacher who is trying your best to teach your English Language Learners but is honestly frustrated and confused about how to help them advance academically? I'm a linguist and an Advocate for Emergent Bilinguals through Language and Literacy. I believe all children are AEBLL. My passion is teaching teachers. I want to give all teachers expert knowledge of language and literacy acquisition, and evidence-based strategies for the classroom. Explore topics like phonological awareness, oral language development, and dyslexia and find links to resources and teaching materials!
Read the following sentence taken from a 3rd grade module on the bullfrog and its habitat and observe how the meaning changes with different intonation and stress, as indicated by the punctuation and emphasis in italics: The bullfrog eats the moth. The bullfrog eats the moth? The bullfrog eats the moth! The bullfrog eats the […]
Last week I highlighted the diversity of multilingual students, including those that have learning disabilities. Because October is Dyslexia Awareness month, this week I’d like to focus on this particular learning difference. What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a neurobiological condition that affects the brain’s ability to process the written form of language (orthography) and results […]
From my first two posts, All Children are AEBLL and Let’s Get Started with Oral Language, you already have a sense of where I’m headed: English Language Learners (ELLs) or the preferred label of NY State and academia – Emergent Bilinguals (EBs) or Multilingual Learners (MLLs) –are an ever-increasing group of students in our schools […]
Welcome again to my blog, ALL CHILDREN ARE AEBLL. It’s back to school for the 2018-2019 year! The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is due to take full effect by mid school year. This means that NY state officials will be required to report English language proficiency and graduation rates to the U.S. Department of […]
With the population of Emergent Bilinguals continuing to grow (it is predicted that by 2030, ELLs will make up 40% of the nation’s public school students), the education of our Emergent Bilinguals is one of the biggest social justice issues of our time.