Language Learning: OST Field Notes

Voices from the Field take 3

This section includes voices from the OST field that describes practices with children and youth. It includes guest blogs and v-logs (video logs), photoessays and narratives by practitioners describing their programs in the area of language learning in out-of-school time.

We accept submissions from practitioners in the OST field.  For more information about submitting your work, contact our senior editor Leslie Lapides.

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Words Their Way:  The Welcome Program of Fresh Youth Initiatives

The Welcome Program of Fresh Youth Initiatives works with a large group of new immigrant children.  The  Fresh Youth staff joined with the local school’s principal and teachers to help every child become a skilled, impassioned reader. At the afterschool program, they offer a balanced approach to literacy called “Words Their Way,” that focuses on oral language development, reading comprehension, and writing.

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Using Nature as a Springboard to Support English Language Learning

English as a second language (ESL) students and non ESL students learn together and create a common bond.

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ourBRIDGE Afterschool Program

ourBRIDGE Afterschool Program in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of a kind. It serves over 70 refugee and immigrant elementary school aged children.

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