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Specific Learning Disabilities and the Language of Learning

Posted on April 04, 2014

Specific Learning Disabilities and the Language of Learning: Explicit, visit web Systematic Teaching of Academic Vocabulary What is academic language? Academic language is the language of textbooks, in classrooms, and on tests.  It is different in structure and vocabulary from the everyday spoken English of social interactions.  Many students who speak English well have trouble comprehending the academic language used in high school and college classrooms. The main barrier to student compre

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Cognitive Processing and the WJ III for Reading Disability (Dyslexia) Identification

Posted on April 04, 2014

Cognitive Processing and the WJ III for Reading Disability Identification March 5, 2010 NASP Convention, Chicago Presenters:  Nancy Mather & Barbara Wendling Topics What is a specific reading disability (dyslexia)? How do Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Factors relate to reading difficulties? What other cognitive and linguistic factors are important for the diagnosis of dyslexia? Overview of the WJ III Discrepancy and Variation Procedures WJ III Case Study Examples W

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Do Read Alouds Build Fluency in Non-fluent Readers?

Posted on June 06, 2012

For Students Who Are Not Yet Fluent, Silent Reading Is Not the Best Use of Classroom Time Teachers do their best to improve students' fluency, but sometimes the information they have to work with is incomplete and, therefore, leads them down the wrong path. For example, silent reading or 'Round Robin' reading seem like good ways to improve fluency. But, in fact, increasing fluency requires more practice, more support, and more guided oral reading than either of these strategies can delive

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Vocabulary Instruction for ELLs

Posted on February 02, 2012

One way to create effective literacy instruction for English learners in the elementary grades is to provide extensive and varied vocabulary instruction. Provide high-quality vocabulary instruction throughout the day. Teach essential content words in depth. In addition, discount use instructional time to address the meanings of common words, order phrases, and expressions not yet learned. Source: U.S. Department of Eduation Read more HERE

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What is the #1 Predictor of School Success?

Posted on February 02, 2012

What are the skills a child needs for kindergarten? There is one skill that matters above all others, because it is the prime predictor of school success or failure: the child’s vocabulary upon entering school. Yes, the child goes to school to learn new words, but the words he or she already knows determine how much of what the teacher says will be understood. And since most instruction for the first four years of school is oral, the child who has the largest vocabulary will understand

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Research: Accommodations for English Language Learner Students: The Effect of Linguistic Modification of Math Test Item Sets

Posted on January 01, 2012

Summary and findings. This study on middle school math assessment accommodations explored whether linguistic modifications to the way math test items are presented could increase English language learners’ access to the mathematics being tested and subsequently increase the validity of the test. The study examined students’ performance on two sets of math items (original and linguistically modified) that varied across the three subgroups of students: English learner (EL), stuff non-English

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Utah: Pioneers in Language Immersion

Posted on January 01, 2012

  Utah's dual immersion programs, which are among the best in the country. Support for language learning has been strong for many years. As stated by Gregg Roberts, World Languages Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education, "Utah is a small state, so for us, economic development and participation in the global community are vital. With this in mind, we realized that developing global citizens is a requirement for Utah students. For its future economic success in the twen

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ELL Numbers Growing

Posted on January 01, 2012

More English-language Learners, More ELLs with Disabilities?

Posted on December 12, 2011

By 2030, English-language learners are expected to make up 40 percent of America's school population. With some states experiencing a 700 percent growth in the number of English learners in their schools between 1994 and 2005, the department expects the number of English Learners with disabilities to increase, too. So how should schools work with a potentially growing number of students learning English who also have a disability? (Shuttling too many students learning English off to be evalua

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Study: Bilingual Homes Help Babies Exercise Their Brain

Posted on December 12, 2011

Brain flexibility lasts longer when more than one language is spoken at home, buy research shows Babies living in bilingual homes have a longer period of time when their brain is flexible to different languages than infants living where just one language is spoken, remedy researchers say. The new study looked at infants living in bilingual (English and Spanish) and monolingual homes (English or Spanish), and found that the brains of babies in bilingual homes remained flexible to languages

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