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Handbook on Language of Instruction Issues in Reading Programs

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Pflepsen, Alison
Publisher or Sponsoring Organization: 
REACH/Global Reading Network
Date Published: 
November 27, 2019
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Language plays a critical role in achieving USAID’s education priorities and global commitments to provide all children with access to a quality education. Appropriate use of language in education is fundamental to effective reading and literacy instruction, and teaching and learning across the curriculum. Without attention to language issues, equitable, meaningful and sustainable improvement of children’s literacy and learning outcomes cannot happen.

The Handbook on Language of Instruction Issues in Reading Programs aims to support governments, USAID and other donors, and the many organizations, institutions and individuals collaborating to improve literacy and learning in low-income countries by providing them with information, guidance and resources to understand and address language issues in their primary grade literacy programs.

Developed to reflect USAID’s Education Policy priorities, the resource emphasizes the need to use evidence to drive decision-making; to develop approaches that measurably and sustainably improve learning and education outcomes; to strengthen local systems and institutions; and to promote equity and inclusion in all aspects of the work. To support their work, readers will find in the Handbook:

  • A summary of evidence-based best practices related to teaching and learning;
  • Guidance on issues to consider and actions to take to effectively apply evidence and address language issues in a specific context;
  • Examples from practice that highlight what primary grade reading programs have done to address language issues and the approaches they have used to support effective, language-specific reading instruction;
  • Resources and tools to support language-related planning and implementation;
  • Stop and reflect activities that individuals and program teams can do to apply information presented in this resource to their work and context;
  • Annexes that provide more detailed information on key topics and comprehensive lists of resources.

The diversity of content in this resource is useful to those who are new to reading programming and language issues, and to those with years of experience. Programs at all stages of design, implementation and expansion can benefit from the extensive information, resources and experiences included in the Handbook.

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