As Voice of Witness continues to amplify a diversity of newcomer voices in our oral history book series, we are also committed to developing curriculum through our education program that directly supports students in migrant and English Language Learner (ELL) communities.
Nationwide, about 1 out of every 10 public school students is learning to speak English. In California alone, ELLs account for 22.4% of the total public school student population, and this number continues to grow.
Oral history is a useful tool for language learning as it incorporates literacy, critical thinking, culturally relevant content, and a participatory vision of history. Through oral history, students can connect their own cultural knowledge with their academic journey and find more opportunities for visibility and voice, while building their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
Our Oral History Resource Guide for English Language Learners includes:
- Reading strategies
- Handouts for reading comprehension
- Introductory interview activities
- Suggested narratives
We hope these tools will make oral history more accessible to students at all language levels.
Click here to learn more about how we’re addressing the needs of English Language Learners in public schools.