Discipline Literacy!

What is discipline literacy in the ESL classroom?

Discipline literacy is when students are above basic literacy and intermediate literacy. When students have discipline literacy they are metacognitive and think about their thinking. Good readers are active, purposeful, evaluative, thoughtful, strategic, persistent, productive. These qualities help the students to comprehend the text in a meaningful way.

What makes reading in the ESL discipline complex?

For non-native speakers, reading in the English can be challenging. There are many components of the English language that can hinder their ability to read fluently and accurately. Below are some of the challenging aspects of reading for ESL students:



  • Sentence structure
  • Comprehension
  • Text type
  • Lack of vocabulary knowledge
  • American culture
  • pronunciation and fluency
  • Idioms

Some Strategies to Support Learning in the ESL Discipline:

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle." -Christian D. Larson