Podcast Series

Reading Science and Teaching Literacy to English Learners: Conceptual and Practical Implications

Dr. Louisa Moats
Author of LANGUAGE! Live®
Dr. Louisa Moats

Dr. Louisa Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. Dr. Moats is the author of LANGUAGE! Live®, a blended reading intervention program for grades 5–12, and the lead author of LETRS® professional development and the textbook, Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers. Dr. Moats is also co-author of Spellography, a structured language word study program. Dr. Moats’ awards include the prestigious Samuel T. and June L. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association® for outstanding contributions to the field; the Eminent Researcher Award from Learning Disabilities Australia; and the Benita Blachman award from The Reading League.

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Dr. Claude Goldenberg
Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, Emeritus, Graduate School of Education at Stanford University
Claude Goldenberg, PhD
Dr. Claude Goldenberg

Dr. Claude Goldenberg is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He received his A.B. in history from Princeton University and M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education. He taught junior high school in San Antonio, Texas, and first grade in a bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles. A native of Argentina, his areas of research centered on promoting academic achievement among language minority students, particularly those from Spanish-speaking backgrounds.

Goldenberg was on the National Research Council's Committee for the Prevention of Early Reading Difficulties in Young Children (1997) and the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth (2006), which synthesized research about promoting literacy development among multilingual learners. He is also co-author of Promoting Academic Achievement among English Learners: A Guide to the Research (2010, Corwin), and co-editor of Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings (2011, Guilford).

He currently works promoting research, policy, and practices to enhance literacy and academic development among students not yet proficient in English.

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Release Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024

Join us for this lively and informative discussion between two literacy powerhouses. Dr. Claude Goldenberg, a bilingual literacy expert and author, and Dr. Louisa Moats, author of Speech to Print, Spellography, and creator of LANGUAGE! Live® and LETRS®, as they explore the universals for teaching children to read in any language. What does reading science tell us about how students learn to read in a language other than their own? Is there a science of reading instruction that is applicable across language contexts?

Our experts will discuss the relationship between oral and written language learning and the implications of this relationship for teaching students with varied language backgrounds. They will also explore the common debates still being resolved within the EL teaching community and how to ensure the best literacy learning for every child—regardless of their native language.

Our guests will discuss:

  • Universal principles and guidelines for teaching children to read and write in any language
  • Some fundamental ideas and practices about teaching ELs that any teacher should know
  • The role of oral language comprehension and use when learning to read and write in a second language
  • Chronic gaps between white, black, and Hispanic students in the U.S., and evidence to support doing more to help students who are not achieving.

We hope you’ll join us for this timely conversation.

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