Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners
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Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners
Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy



© 2008 | 184 pages | Corwin

"Nessel and Dixon show teachers how to effectively support English language development by using the Language Experience Approach."
—David E. Freeman and Yvonne S. Freeman, Professors of Literacy, ESL, and Bilingual Education
The University of Texas at Brownsville

"Provides the tools teachers need to use this natural way of helping English Language Learners. The Language Experience Approach makes language and language arts accessible to the students in need of basic skills."
—Roberta E. Dorr, Associate Professor of Education
Trinity University, WA

Support ELLs while meeting the goals of your literacy curriculum!

English Language Learners (ELLs) enter the classroom with different levels of proficiency—and confidence—in English. The Language Experience Approach offers K–12 teachers an instructional framework and classroom strategies for meeting students at their level and helping them use their strengths as speakers and listeners to build reading and writing skills.

Research-based and used successfully in practice, this method actively engages students by allowing them to construct their own texts and bring their personal experiences into the learning process. The authors:

  • Offer detailed, step-by-step directions for using the Language Experience Approach in English language instruction
  • Include examples of the kinds of texts that are generated by ELL students
  • Describe activities teachers can use with those texts to refine and extend learners' literacy skills

Appropriate for teaching students at varying levels of English proficiency, Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners is a valuable reference for teachers, literacy coaches, and reading specialists.

 
Preface
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction to the Language Experience Approach
 
1. The Value of LEA for English Language Learners: An Overview
 
2. Reading From Experience for Beginners
 
3. Reading From Experience for Intermediate Students
 
4. Reading From Experience for Advanced Students
 
5. Vocabulary and Word Recognition in an LEA Program
 
6. Writing in an LEA Program
 
7. Putting It All Together
 
Appendix A: LEA and State Standards
 
References
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


"Nessel and Dixon show teachers how to effectively support English language development by using the Language Experience Approach."

David E. Freeman and Yvonne S. Freeman, Professors of Literacy, ESL, and Bilingual Education
The University of Texas at Brownsville

"Provides teachers the tools they need to use this natural way of helping English Language Learners. The Language Experience Approach makes language and language arts accessible to the students in need of basic skills."

Roberta E. Dorr, Associate Professor of Education
Trinity University, WA

"Offers K-12 teachers in ESL a basic instructional method for meeting students at their different levels and helping them use listening skills to build reading skills. An outstanding approach ESL teachers will relish."

The Bookwatch, July 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Offers step-by-step directions for using the Language Experience Approach
  • Features numerous examples showing how to use the approach
  • Provides detailed guidance for working with ELL students at different levels
  • Includes additional strategies and activities for working with students

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