[EnglishLanguage 431] Language Experience Approach

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Lynda Terrill lterrill at cal.org
Tue Jun 13 11:18:56 EDT 2006

Dear lsiters,

In the last couple of weeks there have been a variety of comments about reading and adult English language learners mostly related to vocabulary acquisition and using context to help with reading comprehension.

For example, Kearney Lykins wrote about how he uses synonyms in the classroom. Paul Rogers talked about how he uses graded readers with learners with whom he's working. Robin Schwarz wrote about the importance of writing (and pronunciation) in vocabulary acquisition.. Janet Isserlis wrote about context and the use of the language experience approach. This approach has been around for a long time, but I wondered whether some on the list might not be familiar with it. Here are some resources if you want to find out more about LEAs:

The Language Experience Approach Revisited: The Use of Personal Narrative in Adult L2 Literacy Instruction (2002) by Adrian J. Wurr at http://www.readingmatrix.com/articles/wurr/ <http://www.readingmatrix.com/articles/wurr/>

Beginning ESOL Learners' Advice to Their Teachers (2001) by MaryAnn Cunningham Florez at http://www.ncsall.net/?id=279 <http://www.ncsall.net/?id=279>

The Language Experience Approach and Adult Learners (1992) by Marcia Taylor at http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/digests/LEA.html <http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/digests/LEA.html>

Lynda Terrill

lterrill at cal.org

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