Janette K. Klingner is an assistant professor at the University of Miami's Department of Teaching and Learning. She has been the TESOL program coordinator. Her current research interests include outcomes for English language learners with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms and reading comprehension strategy instruction.
The Helping Behaviors of Fifth Graders While Using Collaborative Strategic Reading During ESL Content Classes
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
2000 TESOL International Association
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 69–98, Spring 2000
How to Cite
KLINGNER, J. K. and VAUGHN, S. (2000), The Helping Behaviors of Fifth Graders While Using Collaborative Strategic Reading During ESL Content Classes. TESOL Quarterly, 34: 69–98. doi: 10.2307/3588097
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
This study investigated the frequency and means by which bilingual students helped each other and their limited English proficient peers in content classes while working in small, heterogeneous groups as they implemented a reading strategy: collaborative strategic reading. Overall, students in groups spent large amounts of time engaged in academic-related strategic discussion and assisted one another in understanding word meanings, getting the main idea, asking and answering questions, and relating what they were learning to previous knowledge. Furthermore, each group provided some explanation in Spanish. Students' scores on English vocabulary tests improved significantly from pre- to posttesting. Results revealed that students' helping behaviors were facilitated by the provision of specific instruction in how and when to help their peers.