We’ve talked about the reading comprehension issues our children face today (here and here). Now imagine if English isn’t your first language; those challenges only compound. These students have to navigate unfamiliar vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure, idioms…. And this is no small cohort—roughly 5 million kids in the U.S. public school system are English Language Learners (ELLs). That’s why ReadWorks is developing a program dedicated to ELL learning—and your donations will help make a difference.
Because over 75% of the aforementioned ELL students are Spanish speakers, the nonprofit is targeting that language first with the launch of the Authentic Spanish Texts Project next fall. And after that? “With continued or new funding from our generous donors, we would love to expand to additional languages,” says Nathalie Karimian, Ed.D., Content and Curricular Supports Developer at ReadWorks.
Here, Karimian gives us a preview of what’s to come and shares tips for parents on how to support ELLs at home.
What sorts of opportunities and obstacles do ELLs face?
How will ReadWorks’ new initiative help?
These reading resources will also help all teachers bring ELL students into classroom conversations without taking additional time out of their lessons or planning a separate lesson for them. Our high-quality and free resources are built-in; therefore, they do not require a teacher to have specific training in how to teach ELLs.
What can parents do to better support their ELL child?
Authentic Spanish Texts Project launches Fall 2024. To get updates on the release, follow @readworks.
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