A call to action! "Language is invisible if you know it well, if you don't know it, it is a wall." (Fillmore, 2012). I used much of Lily Wong Fillmore's research as the basis for my capstone project. Below is a clip where she discusses the importance of teacher training around language in order to enable students to access complex text.
Background and Need
According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, (NCES, U.S. Department of Education 2005) children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.
This is even more difficult for English Language Learners, who are not only learning to speak a second language, but are also learning to read and understand in that language. What can we as a educators do to support these language learners and struggling readers?
The purpose of my research was to understand how specific instructional approaches influence language acquisition and strengthen comprehension in struggling readers. Furthermore, I explored other ways we might provide feedback to student's in understanding text. Traditionally we as teachers provide feedback to students, but how might we leverage feedback by using technology?