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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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
Television

 
Telephone

 
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

 
 
References
 
Index

"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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 3


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