Issues in the identification and ongoing assessment of ESL students with reading difficulties for reading intervention

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Title Issues in the identification and ongoing assessment of ESL students with reading difficulties for reading intervention
Author Woolley, Gary Ernest
Journal Name Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Reading difficulties and second language acquisition have attracted international interest among researchers and practitioners in recent years. This is because increased mobility between countries means that educators are faced with the problem of providing appropriate assessment and assistance for students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. There is a growing international consensus in the literature that second-language (L2) learners have generally been underdiagnosed and overrepresented in special education classes. Consequently there is a need to help teachers more adequately identify and assist L2 students who experience specific reading difficulties. This article proposes the use of a language model of reading difficulties based on the Simple View of Reading to identify students with reading difficulties. It also discusses relevant ongoing assessment issues to prevent inappropriate special education referrals. It recommends a responsive approach to intervention and suggests using multi-faceted intervention programs including the promotion of positive home-school climates to address the needs of such students.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19404150903524564
Volume 15
Issue Number 1
Page from 81
Page to 98
ISSN 1940-4158
Date Accessioned 2010-04-23
Date Available 2011-06-07T06:55:50Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32188
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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