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Christina Dennis, teacher at SCALE (Somerville) helps prepare adult learners for four of the five HiSET tests: Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies. She uses her background in literacy and special education to incorporate valuable language practices into all lessons, whatever the topic.

Hear from Christina about the key literacy practices she incorporates into lessons on different topics, and practice a few that you can start using in your classes.

(This session was formerly titled Language Support for ELA Adult Learners.)


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers and tutors of ELA and content-area subjects (Social Studies, Science, Workforce Prep, etc.)

Language development requires that learners practice listening comprehension and decoding, as demonstrated through reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students actively draw upon these language fundamentals, reinforcing their use and application time and again.

Christina incorporates strategies to support the language development of her students and builds on the strengths of all her learners, including those for whom English is not their first language. In this interactive session, Christina will touch on the connections between language comprehension and reading comprehension; the importance of word analysis; bottom-up processing; and the dimensions of word knowledge.

Please note: You cannot access this online session from the SABES website. You will receive an email 1–2 days before the start date with instructions on how to access the session.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze strategies for word analysis and reading comprehension.
  • Understand the “Simple View of Reading” formula for reading comprehension.
  • Apply strategies to support cross-curricular evidence-based reading instruction.
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/08/2022 - 12:30 pm to 04/08/2022 - 2:30 pm

Online (Zoom)
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
Distance and Blended Learning
EBRI (Evidence-Based Reading Instruction)
ESOL/English Learners
Learning Disabilities / Differences
Social Studies