R-15: Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS): Implications for 2nd Grade English Language Learners
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This poster presentation aims to inform school psychologists of the utility of Fuchs & Fuchs’ (1997) peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) to promote reading fluency and comprehension for English language learners (ELLs). PALS provides an opportunity for ELLs to engage in collaborative learning and meaningful dialogue, strategies which have been suggested to promote language acquisition. In this study, PALS was implemented for 6 weeks in a culturally and linguistically diverse second grade classroom. Evidently, ELL and monolingual students’ reading fluency and comprehension improved. This presentation provides evidence-based support for using PALS to promoting reading achievement for ELLs in core instruction.

Cristina Prado, school psychology trainee, San Diego State University.

Strand: C, Topic: 15, Skill Level: I