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Alternative Language Services is please to once again provide a department newsletter! It is our goal to make this publication a helpful and handy resource for you and your colleagues as you team up in service to WCSD’s English language learners. Watch for these highlights in each edition.

  • Best practices teaching tips
  • Policy and procedure updates
  • Department announcements

Please read on!

This Bird Must Fly the Coop!

     Please select the correct definition of round robin.

  1. Member of the thrush family marked by its reddish-orange breast and rotund body structure
  2. Reading activity during which each student orally reads a segment of a shared text, one student after another, while other students follow along
  3. Sports tournament in which each contestant is matched in turn against every other contestant
  4. All of the above

Although the correct answer is #4, it’s bad news that #2 is even a choice! Round Robin Reading (RRR), Popcorn Reading, and the like, are not supported by literacy research and can actually be detrimental because they:

  • present an inaccurate model of reading;
  • can lead to ineffective reading habits;
  • can trigger anxiety, embarrassment, and inattention; and
  • rob students of valuable reading instruction time.

Source: http://www.colorincolorado.org/article/50955/

Please do your part to make this bird extinct by replacing RRR with literacy best practices, including:

  • choral reading,
  • teacher read-aloud,
  • shared reading,
  • fluency activities,
  • guided reading, and
  • buddy reading.

Adapted from: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/alternatives-to-round-robin-reading-todd-finley

Eliminating RRR doesn’t mean students will never read aloud. There is a time and place for this strategy using repeated readings of independent and instructional level texts to help students prepare to eventually read aloud.

To promote the extinction of this bad bird, please visit the following websites.

üRound Robin Alternatives


üAlternatives To Round Robin Reading


ü11 Alternatives to “Round Robin” (and “Popcorn”) Reading


üAnalyzing “Inconsistencies” in Practice: Teachers’ Continued Use of Round Robin Reading


 ESL Parent Nights

Kudos to the Snow Canyon Cone Site ESL coordinators for their tremendous teamwork in preparation for their ESL Parent Night scheduled for 10 Feb 15, 6:00 pm, at SCHS! How’s your parent night shaping up? If you need some tips, remember that your SC colleagues (Brandon, Dustin G., Kaitlyn, Janet, Lisa M., Lisa W., Mary C., Shawn, and Susan) know the ropes.

News and Notes

ü  Remember to continue collecting data NOW to help you complete your ESL Needs Assessment in the spring.

ü  Please begin using the new, improved English and Spanish versions of the QIA, W-APT, and ACCESS parent notification lettersavailable at Forms (http://www.washk12.org/esl-forms) on the ESL website.

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English as a Second Language
121 West Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
T: (435) 673-3553
Department Coordinator
Randy Richardson
(435) 673-3553 

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