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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 webinar provided 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 discussed how to provide abundant opportunities for children to think, talk, and write to develop content knowledge. Participants:

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


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 was designed for teachers, instructional coaches, teacher educators, administrators, and applied researchers.


Watch the 60-minute archived webinar below, which includes an overview of the TLC, an in-depth explanation of the first 3 stages of the TLC, and an embedded video showing stage 3, jointly constructing texts, in action.

The following resources are also available for download:


May 15, 2019


Contact Information
Kim Austin

Early Learning, English Learner Students


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