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The Language Experience Approach (LEA)

The Language Experience Approach (LEA) is a strategy used to engage English language learners at the pre-literacy or beginning literacy proficiency level in reading and writing activities. Through this approach, instructors are able to elicit student-generated content that is then used for reading, writing, vocabulary, and phonics instruction. This approach can be used with small groups, one-on-one tutoring, and in a multilevel ESOL classroom.

These resources provide a more in-depth look at this approach, the process for using it in the classroom, ideas for generating experience stories and for extending-learning with student-generated texts, and sample lesson plans.

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