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English Language Learners in Your Classroom

English Language Learners in Your Classroom
Strategies That Work

Third Edition

December 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin

"This book answers many questions about working with English Language Learners. The anecdotes, examples, and stories help make the theoretical concepts concrete. I really like the hands-on suggestions, and many of the strategies in the book can be used daily."
—Brenna Godsey, Science Teacher
Canyon High School, Anaheim, CA

An authoritative reference for teachers facing an increasingly diverse school population.

This third edition of the best-selling Children With Limited English: Teaching Strategies for the Regular Classroom provides preservice and inservice teachers, curriculum specialists, teacher mentors, and administrators with the necessary tools to meet the educational needs of English Language Learners in an inclusive classroom.

This revised edition includes more strategies for building communication skills, increased visuals and activities for instruction, and fresh connections to current research, plus a new chapter on literacy and an expanded chapter on integrating current technology into the classroom. Additional aids include:

  • A guided daily lesson plan format with adaptations for English Language Learners
  • A description of language proficiency levels
  • A wealth of tables, charts, and checklists to guide instruction and assessment

About the Authors
1. Getting to Know the Student
Sensitivity to Cultural and Linguistic Differences

Identifying Terms

Relationships Are Everything

Understand the Student's World

Explore the Student's Family Background

Pay Attention to Social and Cultural Customs

Suggested Activities

2. Establishing a Comfortable Environment
Welcome Students to Your Room

Select Display Materials

Establish Routines

Create a Community of Learners

Foster Classroom Involvement

Celebrate Diversity

Open Doors to Families

Suggested Activities

3. Understanding Second-Language Development
Second-Language Principles

Language Processes

Developing Proficiency

Assessing Fluency Levels

High-Stakes Testing

First- to Second-Language Learning

Suggested Activities

4. Strategies for Teaching
Motivate Students to Learn

Structure Language Delivery

Scaffold (Support) Instruction

Use Research-Based Strategies to Improve Achievement

Address Learning Styles

Incorporate Multiple Intelligences

Use Multisensory Activities to Engage Students

Suggested Activities

5. Building Literacy
Writing Skills

Reading Skills

Speaking Skills

Listening Skills

Structured Communication Activities

Responsive Instruction

Have Fun

Suggested Activities

6. Using Strategies Borrowed From Language Instruction
Learning From Foreign Language Instruction

Applying Strategies Used by English Language Teachers

Brain-Compatible Second-Language Acquisition

Summary of Strategies Adapted From Teaching Second Languages

Suggested Activities

7. Integrating Technology


Audio Recording

Video Recording

Computer Technology

Online Resources for Teachers

Promoting Critical Thinking

Benefits of Using Technology With English Learners

Suggested Activities

8. Involving Others
Peer Instruction

Team Teaching

School Personnel

Cross-Age Tutoring

Parents and Families

Intergenerational Tutoring

Community Resources

Cultural Exchange Programs

Language for All

Suggested Activities

9. Putting It All Together
Classroom Implications of Brain Research

Planning Instruction and Assessment

A Lesson Plan Format

The Power of Language

Suggested Activities


"Supplies the teacher who is new to working with English language learners with a repertoire of strategies and resources sufficient to begin immediate, positive interventions in the classroom. The text establishes best practices in English language teaching within the context of current educational research and relates them to best practices for all."

Holly A. Hitchcock, English Language Teacher
Wydown Middle School, Clayton, MO

"This book gives lots of information in a simple, easy-to-access format."

Noni Mendoza Ries, Chair of Educational Leadership
San Jose State University

"This is just the kind of book I need to answer the many questions that I have about how to work with my English language learners. I really like the hands-on suggestions, and I can use many of the strategies in the book almost every day. The anecdotes, examples, and stories help make the theoretical concepts concrete for me."

Brenna Godsey, Science Teacher
Canyon High School, Anaheim, CA

"I have been looking for useful resources to help me better meet the needs of my EL students in my English classes. Reading this book has really helped me feel good about what I am doing with my students. I realize now that the ways I have been teaching are not just effective because they work for me; there is research to support what I have been doing."

John Meulmester, English Department Chairman
Cerro Villa Middle School, Villa Park, CA

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Chapter 3

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