All About Adolescent Literacy

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Adolescent Literacy Glossary

Adequate Yearly Progress, Small Learning Communities, Explicit Instruction — do you know what these phrases mean? Find these and other commonly used terms related to reading, literacy, and reading instruction in our glossary.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

English learned in an environment where it is the predominant language of communication.

English Language Learner (ELL)

A student whose first language is not English and who are in the process of learning English.

Explicit Instruction

The intentional design and delivery of information by the teacher to the students. It begins with the teacher's modeling or demonstration of the skill or strategy; a structured and substantial opportunity for students to practice and apply newly taught skills and knowledge under the teacher's direction and guidance; an opportunity for feedback; and an opportunity for independent practice.

Expository Reading

Text that explains, informs, describes, or persuades the reader. Textbooks are an example of expository reading. Students must understand how expository reading is constructed if they are to extract its meaning accurately.

Expressive Language

The aspect of spoken langauge that includes speaking and the aspect of written language that includes composing or writing.


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