Doing What Works: ELL, K-5

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “In the last two decades, the population of students who are limited English proficient has grown by 169%, while the general school population has grown only 12%.” The Department of Education created a Web site with videos, slideshows and tools for teaching reading to K–5 English learners. “English learners can learn to read in English at the same rate as their peers in the primary grades, if schools provide intensive and systematic instruction for all students, supplementary instruction for those falling behind, and language practice in both peer and teacher-student interactions.” The site’s resources are based on five research-based recommendations: screen and monitor students’ progress; provide small-group reading interventions; provide vocabulary instruction throughout the day; develop academic English competence beginning in primary grades; and schedule regular peer-assisted learning opportunities, including structured language practice.