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Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs
English Language Learners

Instructional Conversations and Literature Logs was found to have potentially positive effects on reading achievement and English language development.

The goal of Instructional Conversations is to help English learners develop reading comprehension ability along with English language proficiency. Acting as facilitators, teachers engage students in discussions about stories, key concepts, and related personal experiences, allowing students to appreciate and build on each others’ experiences, knowledge, and understanding. Literature Logs require students to respond in writing to prompts or questions related to sections of stories. These responses are then shared in small groups or with a partner.

Findings

2
studies that met standards out of
2
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
English language development Potentially positive effects 2-5
 
 
23
Reading achievement Positive effects 2-5
 
 
29

Last Updated: October 2006

Ethnicity

Hispanic
87%
Not Hispanic
12%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

85%

English Learners

English Learners icon
100%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Whole Class

Urbanicity

Urban

Locations

CA
West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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