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English Language Learners in Your Classroom
Updated Edition of Bestseller

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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