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Slides from a presentation at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), January 15, 2015 at Baruch College, CUNY, Vertical Campus

Research has proven the importance of developing academic and information literacy skills of ELLs (English language learners) in basic reading and writing courses in order to promote student engagement and perseverance. A recent innovation and effective approach in academic library instruction, embedded librarians provide personal, targeted assistance to the class as a whole and to individual students. Hence, there is more sustained learning. In this session, the author will discuss the close partnership and collaboration between a fully embedded librarian, an ESL instructor, and ESL students enrolled in an intermediate basic writing course. The embedded librarian worked closely inside and outside of the classroom with English language learners (ELLs) not only focusing on information literacy but also on debates as a means of improving English learning. This research project also examined the impact of the embedded librarian on the information literacy of ELLs students as they prepared for debates based on current controversial topics. Findings from the project will be presented, including data from pre- and post-tests and reflection exercises.



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