English Language Learners

Supporting English Language Learners

Many English Language Learners express frustration with the many unfamiliar phonemes in English.  But when English language learners receive "explicit phonemic awareness instruction, they are able to catch up with native speakers' progress on word identification and spelling" (as cited in Antonacci & O'Callighan, 2012, p. 2). See Funēmics and English Language Learners for more information. Since the Funēmics program is pre-grapheme, it can be used with any reading instruction.

Most English Language Learners (ELL) also face the difficult tasks of learning to read English, learning to speak it, and learning about a new culture. Because of these challenges, ELL students need additional support in three areas while learning to read English fluently: English language skills, vocabulary, and general background knowledge. Read Naturally Strategy programs are well-suited to provide this extra support. 

Read Naturally Curriculum Options for ELL Students

Curriculum Options for ELL Students

How Read Naturally Programs Support ELL Students

Read Naturally programs support ELL students in acquiring English language skills through the use of the audio built into every lesson. Students listen to and read along as a native speaker reads each story with correct pronunciation and inflection. The rate of the audio is appropriately paced according to the reading level of the student to provide the scaffolding needed to internalize pronunciation and inflection. Reading the story aloud multiple times provides the practice students need to improve their oral language skills.

Easy access to the meanings of many words in each Read Naturally story provides ELL students with the word knowledge necessary to understand the story while also building their English vocabulary. 

  • Most lessons begin with the definitions of several words key to the understanding of the story. 
  • Definitions are available for many words in each story. 
  • Some of the nonfiction stories are an in-depth description of a word. For example, the story Pioneers defines the word and provides the cultural connection to the United States.
  • Each story has at least one question that focuses on the meanings of words.
  • Many stories have Spanish translations available to use as a resource.

ELL students gain general background knowledge by reading the Read Naturally stories. Each story is nonfiction and provides information on a wide range of topics.  Some stories discuss American manners and customs, and others define idioms.

Learn More About These Read Naturally Intervention Programs

Read Naturally Live logo Read Naturally® Live
Individualized reading intervention program using web-based software
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Read Naturally Encore logo Read Naturally® Encore
New individualized reading intervention program using printed stories and audio CDs
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One Minute Reader logo One Minute Reader® iPad App
Audio-supported, leveled interactive books for independent reading in school or at home
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Read Naturally SE logo Read Naturally® Software Edition
Individualized reading intervention program using desktop software (client/server or stand-alone)
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Read Naturally® Masters Edition
Individualized reading intervention program for specific audiences† using printed stories and audio CDs
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Read Naturally® GATE
Small-group instruction to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, and fluency
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Take Aim! at Vocabulary
Small-group/individual instruction to teach vocabulary using high-quality words and nonfiction text
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Funemics logo Funēmics
Small-group instruction to teach phonemic awareness using scripted curriculum and interactive exercises. 
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“A strong second grade intervention in addition to completion of the first grade programs was Read Naturally. The Read Naturally curriculum was very effective with ELL students.”

— Debra Kamps, "Use of Evidence-Based, Small Group Reading Instruction for English Language Learners in Elementary Grades," Learning Disabiliity Quarterly, Summer 2007


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