WOLVES THAT LEARN & GROW WITH THE PACK
The impact of overcoming language barriers
Not all wolves are the same. A rising population of pups, often English Language Learners (ELLs), may struggle to express their ideas in English while concurrently learning the written, verbal, and audio aspects of the language. This continuous battle to express their thoughts and ideas in English, combined with teachers’ lack of preparation in teaching ELLs, can create a language barrier that is often difficult to surmount. ELLs are as capable as every other student to think at cognitive levels about complex texts through scaffolded instruction to ensure comprehension.
Due to the growing ELL population, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy (LAAA) designed and implemented the W.O.L.V.E.S. Reading Program in 2017, which addresses the problem of limited teacher instruction and student engagement in grade-level, complex texts with language acquisition scaffolds.
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