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Moving From Spoken to Written Language With ELLs

ELL expert Ivannia Soto shows how oral language development is the key to building writing skills, and provides powerful tools for classroom and district-wide implementation.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452280363
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 128
  • Publication date: July 01, 2014

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Mastering spoken language is the key to writing success for English language learners

English language learners struggle to meet the increased classroom writing demands of the Common Core State Standards, and many schools seem at a loss for solutions.

In these pages, ELL expert Ivannia Soto builds on the groundbreaking research she presented in her previous book ELL Shadowing as a Catalyst for Change to show how oral language development scaffolds writing skills. To implement this knowledge, Soto offers educators a powerful set of tools:

Exciting spoken techniques such as Socratic Seminar, Frayer model and Think-Pair-Share that build vocabulary and extend into academic writing
Approaches to teaching three essential styles of writing: argumentative, procedural, and narrative
Sample lesson plans and graphic organizer templates

ELLs must develop oral language skills before meeting the Common Core’s writing requirements. This book provides the tools to make this happen.

"This timely book collects oral language strategies designed to scaffold academic writing for English language learners at intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency. Concrete examples support the goal of teaching college and career ready standards across content areas."
—Charlene Rivera, Research Professor
The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education

Key features

(1) Guides teachers in strategically using speaking -- specifically, academic oral language production -- to scaffold writing  as means to closing achievements gaps between ELLs and their native English peers. 

(2) Provides a framework for teaching three specific genres of writing—narrative, informational/explanatory, and argumentative writing—along with a lesson plan guide, sample lessons, and student work samples.

(3) Student work samples are included to enable teachers to hear the voices and analyze the writing of several ELLs across grade levels, as well as see how their writing evolves over a school year.

(4) Offers focused and detailed strategies and frameworks for altering instructional practice around utilizing best scaffolding practices for ELLs from basic to more advanced.

(5) Grounded in solid research foundation and very compatible with Common Core Initiatives.  




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Ivannia Soto

Ivannia Soto, PhD , is a professor of education and the director of graduate programs at Whittier College, where she specializes in language acquisition, systemic reform for English language learners (ELLs), and urban education. She began her career in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), where she taught English and English language development to a population of 99.9% Latinos, who either were or had been multilingual learners. Before becoming a professor, Soto also served LAUSD as a literacy coach as well as district office and county office administrator. She has presented on literacy and language topics at various conferences, including the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), the California Association for Bilingual Association (CABE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Council of Urban Education Associations. As a consultant, Soto has worked with Stanford University’s School Redesign Network (SRN), WestEd, and CABE, as well as a variety of districts and county offices in California, providing technical assistance for systemic reform for ELLs and Title III. Recently, Soto also directed a CABE bilingual teacher and administrator program across California.
Soto has authored and coauthored 12 books, including The Literacy Gaps: Bridge-Building Strategies for English Language Learners and Standard English Learners; ELL Shadowing as a Catalyst for Change, a best seller that was recognized by Education Trust–West as a promising practice for ELLs in 2018; Moving From Spoken to Written Language With ELLs; the Academic English Mastery four-book series; the Common Core Companion four-book series for English language development; Breaking Down the Wall; and Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Together, the books tell a story of how to equitably engage and include multilingual learners by ensuring that they gain voice and an academic identity in the classroom setting. Soto is executive director of the Institute for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching (ICLRT) at Whittier College, whose mission it is to promote relevant research and develop academic resources for ELLs and Standard English learners (SELs) via linguistically and culturally responsive teaching practices/
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


1. Academic Oral Language Development as a Scaffold for Writing in the Common Core

2. Moving From Speaking to Writing Across Genres (the Curriculum Cycle)

3. From Spoken Language to Narrative Writing (Language Arts--Elementary)

4. From Spoken Language to Argumentative Writing (History—High School)

5. From Spoken Language to Informational Writing (Science—Middle School)







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