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Text Complexity and English Language Learners - Building Vocabulary

Text Complexity and English Language Learners - Building Vocabulary (Parts I and II)

The Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) call for increasing levels of text complexity across grade levels to ensure that students become proficient with college and career texts by their high school graduation.

In the first of a two-part series (below), Dr. Elfreida Hiebert discussed why vocabulary is a primary means of increasing English Language Learners' capacity with complex text, in addition to discussing how instruction in particular types of vocabulary (e.g., picturable and compound words) can lay a foundation for reading complex texts. 

During the second session, Dr. Hiebert addresses how to support ELLs in moving up the “staircase of text complexity.”  This session emphasizes two aspects of instructional programs that support English Learners:  (a) vocabulary and concepts, and (b) access to appropriate and worthy texts. 

Click here for Dr. Hiebert's PowerPoint.

NOTE: Participants are asked to read Text Complexity and English Learners:  Building Vocabulary before the webinar.