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THE BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP READING INSTRUCTION ON ELL STUDENTS. Ruth Carrion ED 702.22 Final Presentation Spring 2010. TABLE OF CONTENTS . Introduction Statement of the Problem Review of Related Literature Statement Hypothesis Methods Participants Instruments.
The single best weapon against reading failure is the quality of reading instruction given in the primary grades. The most effective intervention is provided earlier in education.
Researchers agree that there is a direct connection between fluency and reading comprehension. Through small groups teachers can build fluency, language skill, and reading comprehension.
Through small group instruction students with similar needs can interact through partnerships and work together to support each other’s learning.
Small group reading allows students to feel more at ease and gives them more opportunities to speak. Teachers can give students direct feedback and time for meaningful dialogue.
The most effective grouping condition for struggling readers and the condition found to have greater reading gains for struggling students was determined as one teacher to three students.
Menzies, Mahdavi, & Lewis (2008)
Implementing progress monitoring, instructing students in small groups of 3-6 students, and an explicit instructional approach in small group instruction helps prevent reading failure. As a result of the intervention students met and exceeded grade level reading expectations by the end of the year.
When given the opportunity to simply read, struggling readers receive greater doses of word work and different strategies to help them become better readers.
Small group intervention is beneficial to English Language Learners. It supports students’ oral language development and it sets the classroom environment to be relaxed and comfortable for students to speak the language, listen, learn to read, and write without thinking about the everyday pressures.
My name is Ruth Carrion, I am the first grade Dual Language teacher at P.S. X. I am currently completing my master’s degree in education at Brooklyn College and am conducting a study on the benefits of small group reading instruction for our English language learners. I am requesting your permission to use your child’s data for my research study. I will be using gathered data from their reading assessments. There will be a pre and post-test administered as well as running records to measure students’ reading levels.
All results for this study will be reported as a group study therefore, participants names and information will be anonymous.
Thank you for your support!