Julie Alrai

Julie Alrai

Julie Alrai has worked at the Metro Deaf school for 15 years as a D/HH teacher. She has worked with all ages in Birth to 3 and Adult Education programs. In her years as a teacher, she has had experience working with many different types of learners, including Deaf children who also have a secondary diagnosis of Autism, DeafBlindness, ADD/ADHD, and DCD. She has also worked with trauma affected children. Julie has a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Vocabulary and Reading Strategies

This workshop will focus on techniques, including technology, to support the acquisition and retention of English vocabulary, how to apply meaning to the ‘little words’ in English, and ensure students have access to all levels of reading during reading instruction (independent, instructional, and frustration levels). Although Kelly and Julie work in a bilingual school, this workshop is applicable to both students whose first language is ASL and whose first language is Spoken English.


Participants will:

  1. Identify technology and other techniques to support the acquisition and retention of English vocabulary
  2. Discuss what to do with the “little words” in English that do not translate well into ASL. (pronouns, articles, helping verbs). These strategies can also be employed with hard-of-hearing students whose primary language is spoken English
  3. Identify and discuss various strategies for meeting students’ needs by providing reading opportunities at the student's independent, instructional, and higher level concepts (frustration level)