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Home » Fountas & Pinnell » ESL

Discussions about any of Fountas & Pinnell's works, including LLI, BAS, the Continuum, When Readers Struggle, Literacy Beginnings, leveled books, training events, professional development for educators, and more
1/9/2012 9:50:09 AM

User 491426
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Can anyone tell me how to use Fuentes and Pinnell Reading levels
in the English as a Second Language classroom. I have non-speakers to Advanced Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
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1/9/2012 11:14:57 AM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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We invite you to explore Sistema de evaluación de la lectura (you can request a sampler from that page if you are interested). Here's some highlights:

The Fountas & Pinnell Sistema de evaluación de la lectura (SEL) enables teachers in dual language, bilingual, and immersion classrooms to:
  • Determine a student's independent and instructional reading levels
  • Group students for reading instruction
  • Select texts that align with student instructional needs and goals
  • Assess the outcomes of teaching
  • Identify students who need intervention and extra help
  • Monitor and report student progress across a school year and across grade levels.

Features:
  • 28 brand-new, original student books written in Spanish by native Spanish-speaking authors—not translations or adaptations from English
  • Illustrated by Hispanic illustrators ensuring authentic, culturally relevant artwork
  • Each student book carefully developed and leveled by an advisory panel of bilingual literacy experts, under the supervision of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
  • Spanish A-N leveling system developed to parallel the Fountas & Pinnell text gradient, incorporating text characteristics specific to Spanish for each level
  • Parallel organization of Spanish student books with English system for genre and content area connections* Field tested by bilingual teachers working with Spanish-speaking students across the U.S.
  • Optional assessments in Spanish to diagnose strengths and needs particular to Spanish-speaking students
  • Online Data Management System to automate data collection and facilitate enhanced data sharing and progress monitoring
  • Embedded training on the Professional Development DVD along with on-site and off-site support provided by Heinemann


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1/11/2012 10:08:27 AM

The Fountas & Pinnell Team
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There is an excellent chapter in Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Reading, K-8 (chapter 29, starts p. 500) titled "Meeting the Diverse Needs of English Language Learners." There is also a chapter in When Readers Struggle: Teaching that Works (chapter 18, starting p. 434) titled "Working Successfully with English Language Learners."

There are also chapters in both books about the importance of texts and the importance of matching texts to readers. These are excellent resources that will guide you as you work with text gradients and the English Language Learner.

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