Kristin Carvalho

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What Does Research Tell Us About Teaching Reading to English Language Learners?

As a classroom teacher, I was largely ignorant of, and definitely suspicious of, research. I believed that researchers could make their studies come …

Tips for Educators of ELLs: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12

Research shows that vocabulary development is one of the most important skills students need to acquire to become English-proficient. Here are some …

Creative Writing

English’s Crazy Spelling Makes Us Think Differently Than More Orderly Languages

In English, we pronounce words very differently from how we write them: words like <i>eight</i>, <i>through</i>, and <i>enough</i> are little bombs of confusion for foreign students of English. Languages in which the spelling departs from the pronunciation like this are called “opaque languages,” whereas languages like …

Language Learning

Languages: Key To Future Success

Until 2005, all but a few students took a language in Key Stage 4. They were given the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, improve their …

Learning Difficult Vocabulary

• Why is it important for students to both read standard definitions and come up with definitions in their own words?<br>• How does Ms. Niebur connect …

Teaching

10 Assumptions to Rethink About English-Language Learners

Complete Coverage<p>The percentage of English-language learners (ELLs) in U.S. schools is steadily increasing, according to the National Center for …

English as a Second Language (ESL) for Teachers and Students

Language Learning

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Language Learning

The 4 Essential Language Skills – and How to Improve Them

So, I asked on Facebook about which of the four essential language skills you most struggle with:• Reading<br>• Writing<br>• Listening<br>• Speaking<br>And wow, did you …

Language Learning

The Vulnerability of Language Learning

From kindergarten until 6th grade, I went to a Waldorf school (a way of teaching that originated in Germany). This meant that German and foreign …

Language Learning
Creative Writing

False Etymologies

With a little (and really only <i>just</i> a little) too much time on my hands, I recently thought: why not enter terms that are on my mind a lot as search …

‘Dyslexia and sight: the wider view’ research welcomed

In more detail to the research itself the researchers has compared the test results of those children with severe dyslexia to those that did not have …