We enjoyed our in-class discussion on the readings last night so much that we didn’t get a chance to cover all topics on the agenda. As promised, here is some information on the benefits of using literature circles with ELLs… another tool to include in your teaching toolbox.
-Cooperative learning, a key feature of literature circles, is very beneficial to ELLs; it allows them to participate in a low-anxiety setting and build confidence.
-ELLs have the opportunity to expand thematic vocabulary.
-ELLs interact with English-proficient students, who model grade-level language skills.
-ELLs benefit from interactive oral discussions and gain a deeper understanding of the text.
-After listening to book discussions, ELLs begin to build knowledge/develop higher order thinking skills.
How would you modify a literature circle so that it is appropriate for ELLs?
For more on this topic, read From Silence to a Whisper to Active Participation_Using Literature Circles with ELL Students.