Review methods

EAL reading

Educator's summary

As a PDF document

As web pages:
- Top-rated programmes
- Programmes with limited evidence
- Other programmes
- Review methods

Full report

As a PDF document (27 pages)

A search of published and unpublished articles focused on those that met the following criteria:

  • The studies involved primary school-age children identified as having English as an additional language.
  • Schools or classrooms using each programme had to be compared to randomly assigned or
    well-matched control groups.
  • Study duration had to be at least 12 weeks.
  • The language of instruction was the same in experimental and control classes.
  • Outcome measures had to be reliable and valid assessments of the reading skills being taught in all classes.
  • The review placed particular emphasis on studies in which schools, teachers, or pupils were assigned at random to experimental or control groups.

The full report

  • For the full report, which this review summarises, see Cheung, A., and Slavin, R. E. (2005) Bilingual Research Journal, volume 29, no. 2, pp. 241-267.