HW 1.2 Investigating Knowledge about Literacy Development


Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Employ theories of first and second language acquisition in teaching literacy.

Assessment: 50 pts.

Due: Session 2

Teachers can apply what they learn from the readings as they prepare lessons for L2 learners that are appropriate for these students to acquire English as well as content.

Students have learned about literacy and academic development of second language readers and writers. They will now consider the writing of several scholars to further understand how to support literacy development of L2 learners.


  1. Read your assigned article: A, B, C, D

A: Wright book (third edition), pp. 196-199—section ‘What We Know from Research about Reading Instruction for English Language Learners’.

B: Learning to Read in a Second Language: Research, Implications, and Recommendation for Services

C: Using What We Know about Language and Literacy Development for ESL Students in the Main-stream Classroom

D: What We Know about Second Language Acquisition

  1. Respond to the following questions. Answers can be in paragraph or bullet form.
  1. Come prepared to share your responses as an expert in a jigsaw activity in Session 2.

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