Text Complexity and English Learners – Building Vocabulary
As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with grade-level texts. Instead, the CCSS calls for increasing levels of text complexity to ensure students’ proficiency with college and career texts. The idea of reading complex text affects all students, but it represents a special challenge to English learners, many of whom struggle with their current texts. In this article, Hiebert describes the support needed for English learners in developing strategies and knowledge about the vocabulary of complex texts.