How Language Comprehension Leads to Reading Comprehension

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In the previous module, we discussed word recognition and foundational literacy instruction. This fourth module of the eight-part series focuses on the language comprehension aspects of reading. Inside, you will learn about the abilities and knowledge that contribute to multilingual learners’ (and all learners’) reading comprehension. You will also learn about evidence-based teaching practices that help MLs navigate the complex process of second language reading comprehension. 

Time estimate: 4.5 – 5 hours

  • Language & Reading Comprehension
    • Pre-Assessment
    • 1. What Do Fluent Readers Do?
    • 2. Words Have Power
    • 3. Connecting What You Know to What You Learn
    • 4. Building Words and Ideas to Make Meaning
    • 5. Developing Literacy Knowledge
    • 6. Planning Effective Literacy Lessons: The Pre-During-Post Reading Approach
    • 7. Walking Through the Steps of a Reading Lesson: Pre-Reading
    • 8. Walking Through the Steps of a Reading Lesson: During-Reading
    • 9. Walking Through the Steps of a Reading Lesson: Post-Reading
    • 10. Summing It up
    • Post-Assessment
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Welcome!

Welcome to the Enhancing Evidence-Based Practices for English Learners series in the Ohio Literacy Library! We present eight modules in this series, all of which are geared towards educators and other interested stakeholders who want to further their knowledge and skills in pursuit of an equitable society where learners’ cultural, linguistic, and ethnic identities are honored and validated.

Multilingual learners (MLs) are by far the fastest-growing student population nationwide. Yet, they are an underserved student group, who deserve equal opportunities and access to resources to achieve academic success. It is our intention, therefore, to provide educators with opportunities to reflect on their teaching practices and explore ways in which they can help MLs see themselves as well as others a valued part of the world. To this end, we will be covering a range of topics in this series to help you (1) understand MLs’ diverse needs and strengths and (2) serve them better in your classrooms, schools, and communities. Thank you for being an advocate for MLs who, thanks to your dedication, will go on to enrich our communities and shape our nation.

Module Description

Reading is a primary means for learning and conveying informational content in academic settings, which lays the foundation on which students build skills and knowledge to complete academic writing, speaking, and listening tasks. As such, reading-skill development cannot be left to chance. In order for us to explore how reading is learned and what we can do to teach such miraculous abilities to our multilingual learners (MLs), we need to first understand what skilled and fluent reading is. This module equips educators with knowledge about the language comprehension aspects of reading and more with the goal of helping educators build effective pathways for supporting MLs’ reading development. 

Learning Objectives

Number 1

Recognize fluent reading behavior and processes involved in reading comprehension

Number 2

Explain subcomponents within language comprehension and other related skills needed for reading comprehension

Number 3

Describe evidence-based teaching practices for addressing language comprehension

Number 4

Describe principles and effective practices for literacy design

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