Teacher Training Plus – Low-Level ELL



3 Hours

Teacher Training Plus is a webinar series across six strands that presents best-practice instructional strategies. Training and support for tutors and teachers working with students reading and writing below an 8th grade level.

Within each strand, we identified three areas of need and designed webinars to address each. Throughout all three topics, we addressed working in a multilevel class or group and converting in-person teaching strategies to distance learning.

Generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Starting to Read: Building Phonemic Awareness and Foundation Literacy Skills with Preliterate ELL Students

Adult students who are just beginning their literacy journey while also still learning to speak English face a unique challenge. Preliterate students have no connection to the sound/letter correlation required to read. Many lack even basic print awareness connecting any symbol to a meaning. In this webinar, we will discuss helping preliterate students develop the skills necessary to begin learning to read and write in their new language.

April 9, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET


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Where Do I Start? Planning the First Month of Lessons with a Low-level ELL Student

For a new tutor or teacher, getting started with a low-level English language learners can seem overwhelming. They may worry about the first few weeks of lessons when the students speak almost no English. In this webinar, learn what your very first lesson should look like and how to build from there to make your first month of lessons a success for you and your student(s).
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Starting from Scratch: Working with Low-level ELL Students with Little-to-no First Language Literacy

Research has shown that one of the primary indicators of how quickly an adult will learn a new language is their educational level in their first language. Those with high literacy levels in their first language will almost universally outperform their peers with lower levels of education. Working with preliterate adults presents unique challenges for English language educators. Join the webinar for proven strategies and activities based on academic research and observation to help educators working with preliterate adults learning to speak, read, and write in English. In addition, learn about the causes of low L1 literacy and how this impacts L2 acquisition.

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About the Presenter

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Steven Reid is the Program Manager for Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle in Charlottesville, Virginia. He currently oversees more than 200 volunteer tutors, providing training and guidance with curriculum and instruction. In addition to his duties with LVCA, Steven leads a group of program managers and executive directors from Community-Based Literacy Organizations from across the Commonwealth of Virginia, focusing on sharing best practices and providing moral support.

He has also taught in Texas, Slovakia, and New Hampshire. When not helping his volunteers and students, Steven enjoys reading, writing, traveling, cooking, and spoiling his two cats, Charlie and Alistair.