Peer Assisted Learning Strategy (PALS) for English language learners

Peer Assisted Learning Strategy (PALS) for English language learners
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PALS is a strategy that was developed for use with students with diverse academic needs. It has been proven to work with English language learners also. PALS is peer-mediated strategy to provide tutoring in three reading strategies: retelling, paragraph shrinking, and prediction relay. Students are taught to correct their partner's reading errors, award points for correct responses, and provide consistent encouragement and feedback. It is recommended that the tutoring lessons last approximately 35 minutes and be conducted three to four times per week.

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  • What is PALS?
  • PALS stands for Peer Assisted Learning Strategy.
  • I need to retell the facts.
  • I also need to retell the facts. 
  • I need to read for 5 minutes after you read
  • I need to read for 5 minutes.
  • I need to generate main idea statements.
  • Me too.
  • PALS strategy allows all students, with and without learning disabilities to be actively involved in peer-mediated sessions.  PALS activities can be implemented among students in the 2nd through 6th grades. It requires an engagement in three activities designed to build fluency and comprehension skills. 
  •  Partner A reads for 5 minutes. Partner B reads for 5 minutes. Alternate retelling facts for 2 minutes. Partner A paragraph shrinking for 5 minutes. Partner B paragraph shrinking 5 minutes. Partner A prediction relay for 5 minutes. Partner B prediction relay for 5 minutes.   
  • Step 1: The higher-performing student reads first for five minutes. Step 2: The lower-performing student reads the same text for five minutes. Step 3. The lower-performing reader takes one or two minutes to retell the story.
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