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Reading Essentials: Cognitive Science and the Gift of Fluency for All

Helen Abadzi, a senior education specialist at the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education (c/o World Bank; 1987-2013), prepared a set of e-courses for the training donor and government staff.  
The Reading Essentials course is now available for free.  To make access rapid and open, it has been uploaded to Udemy website. Click here to access the e-course.  

Crack the Code: Developing an Early Literacy Instruction Program in National Languages – Progress Report from the Gambia

Feb 21 2012 12:30 pm
Feb 21 2012 2:00 pm
America/New York



The World Bank

1818 H Street NW

Washington, DC 20433


Alison Pflepsen

Tools and Tips for Planning and Implementing an Early Grade Reading Assessment

Jan 9 2012 9:00 am
Jan 9 2012 10:30 am
America/New York

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) and RTI International cordially invite you to a web-based seminar, “Tools and Tips for Planning and Implementing an Early Grade Reading Assessment.”  The “webinar” will take place on January 9, 2011 at 9 AM EST




Alison Pflepsen -
Julia Frazier -

Myths and Misconceptions about Second Language Learning: What every teacher needs to unlearn

By discussing commonly held myths and misconceptions, this paper attempts to clarify a number of important issues in the area of second language learning. These include the ease and rapidity with which children learn a second language, the optimal age at which to begin second language instruction, the importance of the extent of exposure to the second language, the relationship between oral communication skills and academic language skills, and cultural and individual differences in language learning styles.

Matthew Effects in Reading: Some Consequences of Individual Differences in the Acquisition of Literacy

A framework conceptualizing the development of individual differences in reading ability is presented that synthesizes a great deal of the research literature. The framework places special emphasis on the effects of reading on cognitive development and on "bootstrapping" relationships involving reading.

Learning to read in a second language: Research, implications, and recommendations for services

It is important for educators, mental health practitioners, and policy-makers in immigration countries like Canada that promote multiculturalism and bilingualism to consider normal and problematic language and literacy development of young children who develop their reading skills in a second language (L2) context.

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