Register for Academic Literacy for ELLs


Monday, June 16, 2014

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop Venue

Madeline Suite

Wagnoner Hall, UNCW

Maps, Driving Directions


Free parking is available in Lot FF, which is directly in front of Madeline Suite.

Academic Literacy for English Language Learners


The registration fee of $25 per person includes

  • Two workshop sessions (six hours)
  • Continental breakfast
  • Box lunch
  • Book: Between Worlds: Access to Second Language Acquisition, Third Editionby David Freeman & Yvonne Freeman
  • Certificate of Attendance

Register by Monday, June 9, 2014 to reserve your spot at the workshop.

Register today!

Group Registration
If you plan to attend as a group, please fill out a registration form for the group and include a list of the individuals in your group who will be attending. You may pay for the group with one check.


8:30 - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 12:00 pm

Session 1: Academic Success for Emergent Bilinguals Living Between Worlds

English language learners (ELLs) need to develop academic English and academic content knowledge. The presenters discuss different types of ELLs and their academic needs. Then, they define academic language and give examples of how teachers can help students develop academic language at the text, paragraph, sentence, and word levels. They share teacher stories and pictures of classrooms to demonstrate how teachers can use specific strategies and organize materials to help students develop academic language.

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Box Lunch Provided

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Session 2: A Standards Based Three-Step Approach to Develop Academic Literacy

The presenters describe four practices essential for promoting academic literacy to meet standards for emergent bilinguals. These include: teach both language and content; organize around units of inquiry; draw on students’ languages and cultures; and emphasize meaningful reading. Then, they describe and give examples of a three-step plan for developing language and content objectives to build academic language and literacy. For each practice, the presenters give specific examples using PowerPoint slides with pictures from classrooms showing how teachers build academic literacy.

About the Speakers

Yvonne and David FreemanDr. Yvonne Freeman and Dr. David Freeman are professors emeritus at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Both are interested in effective education for English language learners. They present regularly at international, national, and state conferences. They have worked extensively in schools in the U.S. They have also worked with educators in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mallorca, and Sweden.

The Freemans have published books, articles and book chapters jointly and separately on the topics of second language teaching, biliteracy, bilingual education, linguistics, and second language acquisition. Their newest books are Between Worlds: Access to Second Language Acquisition 3rd edition (2011), Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers (2009), the revised translation of, La enseñanza de la lectura y la escritura en el salón bilingüe y de doble inmersión  (2009) published by Heinemann, English Language Learners: The Essential Guide (2007), published by Scholastic and a book they edited, Diverse Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (2008) published by Heinemann. Other books written by the Freemans and published by Heinemann include the second edition of Teaching Reading and Writing in Spanish and English in Bilingual and Dual Language Classrooms, Dual Language Essentials for Teachers and Administrators, Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar; Closing the Achievement Gap: How to Reach Limited Formal Schooling and Long-Term English Learners, Teaching Reading in Multilingual Classrooms, and ESL/EFL Teaching: Principles for Success. The Freemans are authors on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s programs On Our Way to English and Literature by Design as well as Benchmark Education’s  Spanish reading program.

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