Teaching English Language Learners: Distinguishing Between Learning Disabilities and Second Language Acquisition
A critical question in teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) is differentiating between difficulties that are a part of second language acquisition and difficulties that represent a possible learning disability (LD). Guidelines presented in this webinar help teachers and administrators to determine why some of their ELLs struggle with reading and to distinguish between a learning disability (LD) and the processes of second language acquisition. The characteristics of LD and language acquisition are compared, and misconceptions about the second language acquisition process are clarified. The struggles ELLs face in learning to read in English are described. In addition, participants learn what research has shown about how literacy instruction should differ for ELLs and children who are native speakers of English.After viewing this program, you will be able to:
- Recognize characteristics of learning disabilities that can also be apparent in acquiring English as a second language.
- Discuss ways in which these characteristics vary.
- Describe some common misconceptions about the second language acquisition process.
- Articulate aspects of literacy that differ for ELLs learning to read English as a second language.
Janette Klingner, University of Colorado at Boulder
Date of original program:
January 26, 2012
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