Who Would Like to Participate in Online ESL Research? An Inivitation


I am writing to take advantage of the momentum from the conference to invite your participation in research we are conducting on an Open Literacy Community that could have a significant impact on ELL reading instruction and assessment.

We need many users and dedicated educators to participate— you will gain access to free digital resources and commit only the time needed to start using new, innovative lesson plans.

Our current research focus:

  • How reading analytics can transform reading assessment and professional development
  • How machine learning with our Smart Skimmer can transform reading assessment and professional development
  • How open models for reading instruction and assessment can transform the WORLD

If you are interested to learn more and sign up for updates, please complete this survey:

I have also created a project entry in ResearchGate, if you would like to join there, please look me up, L. Roxanne Russell, and let’s connect.

Roxanne Russell
Liberating Literacy


Free Downloadable Resource: Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures (2017)


Find and download from: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24677/promoting-the-educational-success-of-children-and-youth-learning-english

Excerpt of the description and what you can find in the publication (edited highlights):


Educating dual language learners (DLLs) and English learners (ELs) effectively is a national challenge with consequences both for individuals and for American society. Despite their linguistic, cognitive, and social potential, many ELs—who account for more than 9 percent of enrollment in grades K-12 in U.S. schools—are struggling to meet the requirements for academic success, and their prospects for success in postsecondary education and in the workforce are jeopardized as a result.

Promoting the Educational Success of Children and Youth Learning English: Promising Futures examines how evidence based on research relevant to the development of DLLs/ELs from birth to age 21 can inform education and health policies and related practices that can result in better educational outcomes. This report makes recommendations for policy, practice, and research and data collection focused on addressing the challenges in caring for and educating DLLs/ELs from birth to grade 12.

Communicative Competence: Creating Speaking Activities Grounded in Pedagogical Research, Video Presentation


A great review of the main pedagogical models of communicative competence and a practical example in Language Assessment 1 – Developing a Speaking Assessment 

When Does Language Development Begin? Be Surprised!


Read  Language Development Starts in the Womb and download from http://neurosciencenews.com/language-development-womb-7106/


Summary: According to a NeuroReport study, children’s sensitivity to the rhythmic properties of language emerges in-utero. Researchers discovered changes in fetal heart rate when exposed to different languages, suggesting babies tend to ‘tune in’ to the language they are going to acquire before they are born.

Flipping the ESL Classroom: A Study


Great article article_Han_98-109_NYSTJ_Vol2Iss1_Jan2015 (1)

Excerpt of the abstract:

One of the most significant current discussions in education is that of the flipped classroom. According to Bergmann and Sams (2012) and Strayer (2007), a paradigm shift from the traditional educational model to a pedagogy-centered approach has received considerable attention, and extensive research and practice have been carried out in the field of classroom flipping (Fulton, 2012; Moravec, Williams, Aguilar-Roca, & O’Dowd, 2010; Pierce & Fox, 2012). Research on classroom flipping, however, has mostly focused on general subject areas, such as biology (Moravec et al., 2010), mathematics (Fulton, 2012), and pharmacotherapy (Pierce & Fox, 2012), rather than language learning. Therefore, its effectiveness in the English language teaching (ELT) setting still remains untapped. This paper introduces a flipped classroom model for an adult community English language program in the United States in 2013. A new course structure was designed by combining Nation’s (2007) “four strands” approach and Strayer’s (2007) theoretical framework of flipped learning. As the semester came to an end, a positive impact on learner autonomy among the ESL students was witnessed. Based on this experience, this paper aims to present a theoretical model of flipped learning in second language acquisition by exploring how the model provides a platform for successful language leaning and results in the significant development of learner autonomy.

How Words are Formed in the Brain: Research Report and Video


Awesome info:  Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain at https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/27/brain-atlas-showing-how-words-are-organised-neuroscience?CMP=share_btn_fb

Reading is an Amazing Brain Success!


I recently presented a session on ESL reading and talked about this very topic.  Read more in UVA Psychologist Calls Reading ‘Miraculous.’ His New Book Explains WhyUVA PSYCHOLOGIST CALLS READING ‘MIRACULOUS.’ HIS NEW BOOK EXPLAINS WHY at https://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-psychologist-calls-reading-miraculous-his-new-book-explains-why

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