« Expert on ELLs Takes the Helm of St. Paul Schools | Main | How Can School Librarians Reach Out to ELLs? »

How Might Reading Aloud to ELLs Be Helpful?

For a story just published at edweek.org about teachers reading aloud to middle and high school students, I interviewed Ragina D. Shearer, who reads aloud to her students at Calhoun Middle School in Denton, Texas. Right now, Shearer is a Spanish teacher and reads literature to her students that will help them to learn more about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

But Shearer has also taught English-language learners, and she said she found reading aloud helped them with language acquisition. "It helps them develop vocabulary. They get to feel the rhythm of the language," she told me. Another reason to read aloud is to introduce content to students that they might not choose themselves; hearing the text read aloud helps them to connect with the words and discover new interests, Shearer said.

The on-line version of my story is accompanied by comments from teachers across the country about why they read aloud to adolescents. We didn't publish any comments, however, from ELL teachers. So if you read aloud to English-language learners, please hit the comment button here and tell us what you read and how you use this approach.

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Follow This Blog


Most Viewed on Education Week



Recent Comments

  • Charles: ELLs in our state ARE required to take State standardized read more
  • Melissa: Maybe I'm just becoming jaded, but this feels to me read more
  • Anonymous: Are you kidding me....UNO is an organizaion that literally destroys read more
  • Meg Baker: Are any schools using ACCESS scores for purposes other than read more
  • Dr. Mendoza: This is great news i must say. Hopefully this DREAM read more