Linking to Prior Learning

Dong, Yu Ren
April 2009
Educational Leadership;Apr2009, Vol. 66 Issue 7, p26
The article discusses teaching methods utilizing prior knowledge and native languages that can assist English language learners (ELLs) comprehend curriculum content. The author notes how vocabulary terms used for different school subjects can present difficulties for ELLs and comments on the use of electronic translators and glossaries by students. She discusses a teacher education course in which preservice teachers observed methods for second language acquisition and comments on how cognates can assist students in decoding and comprehending vocabulary. She suggests that encouraging ELLs to share their previous literacy experiences and their views on historical events can help teachers modify their teaching style appropriately and provide a different perspective in classrooms.


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