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  • Writer's pictureAmalia Ibarra

Accommodating for English Learners with Online Books and Reading Conferences

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Can teachers give every student what they need in a classroom?

Teaching English to high school English Learners in the United States presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. How can we accommodate for English Learners in the high school EL classroom? One powerful approach that teachers can employ to cater to the diverse needs of ELs is the combination of leveled books and reading conferences. This dynamic duo not only enhances language acquisition but also nurtures a love for reading while fostering personalized learning experiences.

Our leveled books at AIR Language, carefully written based on their complexity and vocabulary, provide a scaffolded reading experience for students at different language proficiency levels. These books allow teachers to differentiate instruction, ensuring that each student engages with content that matches their current abilities. Utilizing a variety of leveled books in the classroom exposes students to diverse language structures and vocabulary, thereby enriching their language skills. Moreover, the sense of accomplishment derived from successfully tackling increasingly complex texts boosts students' confidence in their English proficiency.

Complementing leveled books with reading conferences elevates the learning process. Individual one-on-one time provides teachers with the opportunity to closely observe students' reading strategies, comprehension, and language development. By engaging students in conversations, teachers can tailor instruction to address specific linguistic needs and target areas for improvement. This personalized attention fosters a supportive learning environment where ELs feel valued and empowered to take ownership of their language journey.

During reading conferences, teachers can employ a variety of strategies to enhance language learning. For instance, they can encourage students to discuss their interpretations of the text, express opinions, and ask questions. These discussions not only promote critical thinking but also provide a platform for practicing conversational English in an authentic context. Teachers can also model proper pronunciation and offer vocabulary expansion, enriching students' linguistic toolkit.

Incorporating leveled books and reading conferences into English instruction not only promotes language development but also cultivates a lifelong passion for reading among ELs. As students witness their growth and engage in meaningful discussions about literature, they develop a deep appreciation for the English language and its nuances.

If this sounds like something that might help you accommodate for everyone in your classes, or you would like more information, click here to get a free eBook.


One resource you might not mind having in your reading conferences is our 6-step handout. Click here for a printer friendly PDF.

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