Professors Favela and Exposito publish chapter on ESOL reading
January 26, 2010
Teacher education faculty members Sara Exposito and Alejandra Favela have published a chapter in a new book on reading strategies for second-language learners. Explorations in Second Language Reading, edited by Roger Cohen and published by Teachers of English of Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), reveals the importance of reading in the classroom and how instructors can use reading as a bridge to improve learners’ other linguistic and interpersonal skills.
From the book’s introduction:
“Reading the World in L1 and L2,” by Sara Expósito and Alejandra Favela, presents various classroom reading activities from the Oregon Language Literacy and Culture Institute. The institute, which trained K–12 ESOL teachers of immigrant communities, included topics ranging from schemabuilding activities and interactive reading strategies to storytelling, as well as using multicultural literature and postreading activities such as sharing cultural perspectives through the visual and performing arts. The chapter provides a number of Emphasizing Reading in the ESOL Classroom 3 practical examples for K–12 classes, which can be easily adapted for adult ESOL courses.