Batman and Robin. Mac and cheese. Literacy and great books. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Take add.a.lingua’s work with American Reading Company, for example.
As readers of this blog already know, we’re language education advocates that specialize in implementing quality dual language immersion education programs. American Reading Company (ARC) lives and breathes literacy, helping schools both teach and assess it through leveled classroom libraries and English and Spanish language arts curriculum. Their passion is to see all students reading on or above grade level.
As we discussed during our recent June teacher training event, one of the great challenges for dual language immersion programs is finding resources in the target language that help instructors strike the delicate balance of teaching content and language together. Thankfully, ARC’s literacy expertise and “one-stop” resource shop offer add.a.lingua’s partner schools an opportunity to save significant time and energy by locating numerous quality titles in one place.
For starters, ARC has developed its own leveled reading system that takes into account the specific literacy skills
required of students for reading each book (decoding and comprehension). Their ENIL (Evaluación del nivel independiente de lectura) leveling system respects the unique process of learning how to read in Spanish, while taking advantage of commonalities in the way students acquire literacy skills in English. Their books and teacher resources are geared for both one-way and two-way Spanish dual language immersion classrooms, and we’re certain they’ll be of interest and great help to instructors looking for quality literacy resources for their classroom.
We’re happy to call ARC a preferred vendor and heartily commend them to you. You can view resources and order online here.