English Language Arts discusses pedagogical (teaching) practices affecting English language literacy development across the curriculum.
Pedagogical Practices for English Language Literacy
It is important to help English language learners make connections between what they already know (background knowledge) and what they are learning. Teachers should take steps to tie new information to a student's prior knowledge and to their culture. Helping students make these connections enable them to comprehend new information.
Creating A Language Rich Environment
- Word Walls - Word walls are organized displays of words that students can easily reference throughout the school day. Word walls might contain vocabulary words, spelling words, commonly used words, or any other type of list of words that students might need to be exposed to. By providing a word wall and routinely referencing it throughout the school day, teachers are providing a source of visual language for all learners.
- Reading - Students should be read to often and they should be provided with opportunities to read (both aloud and silently). Reading should be a focus in the language rich classroom accompanied by opportunities for discussion.
- Classroom library - All classrooms should contain a classroom library with age- and grade-appropriate books that fall at different reading levels. A good classroom library will be filled with books of interest along with some that correspond with curriculum outside of the language arts (social studies, science, math, etc.). Classroom libraries should be switched out on a routine basis so as to keep student interest high and prevent burn out on certain books or subjects.