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Language & Literacy Development in PreK-1st Grade: Words and More

Recorded on December 09, 2019

Date: December 9
Time: 12:30-2pm (PT) / 3:30-5pm (ET)

Join REL West and the Leading with Learning program at WestEd for the second installment of our English Learner Webinar Series.

This 90-minute webinar will address how teachers can build language- and vocabulary-rich classroom environments to support the language development of young students, with an emphasis on supporting students who are dual language learners. Using the Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) framework – which weaves together content, language, and literacy for optimal learning – presenters will share practical strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction.

Who Will Benefit

Teachers, instructional coaches, teacher educators, administrators, and applied researchers

What You Will Learn

Participants will:

  • Learn about how to boost young children’s academic language use, with a special focus on vocabulary and language-rich environments
  • See an example of interactive academic vocabulary instruction
  • Discuss ways to incorporate daily academic language learning in fun and engaging ways

The TLC incorporates several evidence-based practices for teaching English learner students outlined by the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides and the National Academies’ “Promising Futures” report.

If you missed the first webinar in the English Learner series, Scaffolding Emergent Reading, Oral Language, and Writing for Dual Language Learners/English Learners in PreK-1st Grade, you can view it on the IES YouTube channel. Pamela Spycher provides an overview of the TLC from 13:40 – 19:30.


  • Pamela Spycher, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Thea Fabian, Teacher, Fresno Unified School District (CA)

Webinar Presenter(s):

Thea Fabian Teacher, Fresno Unified School District (CA)