Moving From Spoken to Written Language With ELLs

  • Title:Moving From Spoken to Written Language With ELLs
  • Author:Ivannia Soto
  • Publication Date:July 2014
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781452280363
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Mastering spoken language is the key to writing success for English language learners

English language learners struggle to meet the increased classroom writing demands of the Common Core State Standards, and many schools seem at a loss for solutions.

In these pages, ELL expert Ivannia Soto builds on the groundbreaking research she presented in her previous book ELL Shadowing as a Catalyst for Change to show how oral language development scaffolds writing skills.  To implement this knowledge, Soto offers educators a powerful set of tools:

  • Exciting spoken techniques such as Socratic Seminar, Frayer model and Think-Pair-Share that build vocabulary and extend into academic writing
  • Approaches to teaching three essential styles of writing: argumentative, procedural, and narrative
  • Sample lesson plans and graphic organizer templates

ELLs must develop oral language skills before meeting the Common Core’s writing requirements. This book provides the tools to make this happen.


Author Bio

Ivannia Soto is Associate Professor of Education at Whittier College, where she specializes in second language acquisition, systemic reform for English language learners (ELLs), and urban education. She has presented on literacy and language topics at various conferences and has provided technical assistance for systemic reform for ELLs and Title III.

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