Reading Comprehension Strategies for English Language Learners

Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
Grade Level Ranges:
Grades 3- 5, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 9 -12
Content Areas:
Reading, Writing, and Communicating, World Languages
Topic tags:
differentiation, ELL, cooperative learning, Leadership, writing, reading comprehension, grammar
Special populations:
English Language Learners, Special Education
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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS II: Teachers establish a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.
    • Element C: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.

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Resource material

This is a two part resource with an article detailing how to improve the reading comprehension skills of ELL students, and a video where a teacher implements some of those strategies in a lesson. Author Lydia Breiseth states that "comprehension is the reason for reading, but it can be the most difficult skill to master — especially for English language learners (ELLs)." Teachers will come away with ideas and strategies they can immediately implement in their practice.


Resource Links


Breiseth, L. (2010, March 4). Reading to learn. ASCD Express, 5(11). Retrieved December 17, 2015, from

Additional notes

The resource above is a reprint of the original article, with links to supports, techniques, and suggestions embedded in the text. The video below demonstrates the strategy of writing a cooperative paragraph in the 2nd-grade classroom. 



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Verna Harris's picture
Verna Harris
All three strategies will work, not only for ELL students, but for all students struggling to understand any lesson.