Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Reading Strategies for Second Language Learners: Academic Reading

Dr. Patricia E. Gillie, Dr. Janine Steffen, Dr Rodney Fitzgerald.


An interactive session which focuses on methods and strategies for use in the classroom for second language learners. Particular attention will be paid to developing academic reading skills that lead to higher student achievement levels and student success.

Bilingual students' reading skills in English and overall academic achievement as measured by standardized tests in English tend to be below grade level as students progress through the educational system. What can teachers do in a classroom setting to reverse these trends and accelerate student achievement? The three presenters will demonstrate specific and effective K-12 reading strategies used in a variety of academic settings.

Presenters

Dr. Patricia E. Gillie  (United States)
Teacher and Program Coordinator
Multi-Cultural Studies Coordinator
New Trier Township High School District 203

Dr. Patricia E. Gillie received her B.S. Ed. from Western Illinois University, her M.S. Ed. from Northern Illinois University, her ESL Endorsement from National Louis University, and her Ed. D. from Loyola University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Psychology. Her recent research was in the field of language proficiency testing, teacher accountability, and student participation. Her dissertation was nomintated by Loyola University for Disseration of the Year. She is employed by New Trier Township High School in Winnetka Illinois and serves as the district Multi-Cultural Coodinator. She also is an adjunct professor at National Louis University.


Dr. Janine Steffen  (United States)
Teacher and Building Curriculum Coordinator
Community Unit School District 300
Hampshire Middle-High School

Dr. Janine M. Steffen received her B.S. in Secondary English Education from Illinois State University, her MAEL in Educational Administration from Aurora University, and her Ed. D. from Loyola University in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. Her
recent research was in the field of adolescent reading and performance assessment. She is also an adjunct professor at Webster University.


Dr Rodney Fitzgerald  (United States)



Dr. Fitzgerald received his B.S. in Spanish/English Education from Illinois State University, his B.A. from Judson College in Elgin Illinois in Fine Arts, his M.A. in English/ESL from Northern Illinois University and is Ed. D. from Loyola University in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. Additionally he is certified as a Special Education Specialist. He was named Bilingual Educator of the Year in the State of Illinois. His recent research was on Bilingual Teacher Mentoring.

Keywords
  • Second Language Learners
  • Reading
  • Academic Reading



(60 min. Workshop, English)