Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the challenges faced by English Learners
  • Describe the promise of teaching English Learners to Read
  • Develop confidence regarding teaching English Learners word-level reading skills


watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • English Learners face many challenges in school
  • Word-Level reading is less challenging than reading comprehension
  • Skills acquired in one language can be applied to the new language
  • Phonological skills are roughly “transferable” from language to language
  • Early on, ELs may function like hyperlexics
  • As higher-level language skills grow, reading comprehension increases

Reflect & Connect

How are EL’s similar to native speakers in regards to the way they acquire word-level reading skills in English?