Are you a middle school or high school teacher of Multilingual Learners? Do you teach ELD or ESL and serve Newcomers or LTELs (Long Term English Learners)?
If you do, you might realize that some of your students need more support with foundational skills in English. They may also not come to us with literacy in their home language. For our LTELs, this may be part of the puzzle for why they even became LTELs in the first place.
No matter what situation you are in, there is one thing that is clear- you want or need more support in your learning for teaching your students these skills. I know that as a high school teacher, I did not get this learning. We are not equipped a lot of times in our teaching credential program or from our district to teach older students foundational skills.
Here are some resource recommendations for teachers starting off or already in their own professional learning around teaching foundational skills for Multilingual Learners, or English Learners. The book recommendations came from my friend Dayra Gaitan Crespo of EL Literacy when she came to be a guest speaker inside of our secondary ESL teacher membership, My MLL Mentor: High School. She is a great resource as well.
of the reading wars, this podcast was intriguing to say the least.
the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom.
These are just a few resources out there that are either free or the price of a book (minus the Six Shifts course). I hope these resources are helpful for your reading foundations journey for your ELLs and MLLs.
If you would like to continue this conversation with us, check out our high school ESL teacher membership to listen in and for more resources and support.
I support middle and high school teachers through monthly lesson plans, coaching, and guest speaker offerings in our Secondary ESL Teacher Membership.