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Scaffolding Emergent Reading, Oral Language, and Writing for Dual Language Learners/English Learners in PreK-1st Grade

Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Pacific
Location: Webinar

This 90-minute webinar is designed to provide practical, evidence-based resources for teachers to promote language and literacy learning for young Dual Language Learners (DLLs)/English learners (ELs) in the early years of schooling.

The teaching and learning cycle (TLC) is a framework for scaffolding oral language development and emergent academic reading and writing by weaving together content, language, and literacy. This approach uses interactive reading, text-based discussions, and language awareness building to engage all students, including DLLs/ELs, and is intended to provide equitable opportunities to learn and thrive.

Using the TLC, presenters will discuss how to provide abundant opportunities for children to think, talk, and write to develop content knowledge. Participants will:

  • Learn about the TLC framework and consider its uses for promoting language and literacy development;
  • Hear about examples of interactive reading and text-based discussions aligned with the TLC framework; and
  • Discuss how the TLC framework is a shift from traditional approaches to teaching ELs.

Participants interested in learning about the TLC framework in advance of the webinar can read presenter Pamela Spycher's 2017 blog post, "Scaffolding Science Learning and Science Writing with a Little TLC."


Pamela Spycher Pamela Spycher is the Project Director for Leading with Learning, a U.S. Department of Education grant focused on the implementation of the California English Language Arts (ELA)/English Language Development (ELD) Framework and ELD Standards. She has led several initiatives in California to implement best practices for teaching English learners in California, including as lead writer for the state's ELD standards for math and science. Pamela received a PhD in education with an emphasis in language, literacy, and culture and a designated emphasis in second language acquisition from the University of California, Davis.

Thea Fabian Thea Fabian is a Teacher on Special Assignment for Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, California. She works with colleagues to improve the success of English learners/emergent bilingual students by promoting high-quality instruction using the teaching and learning cycle. She's also currently working to expand students' access to biliteracy, including native language literacy.


This webinar is designed for teachers, instructional coaches, teacher educators, administrators, and applied researchers.


May 15, 2019


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Kim Austin


  • Pamela Spycher, Project Director for Leading with Learning
  • Thea Fabian, Teacher for Fresno Unified School District