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Ten Languages You'll Need Most in the Classroom
A Guide to Communicating With English Language Learners and Their Families



February 2008 | 288 pages | Corwin

"The authors have created a must-have resource for any teacher who works with ELL students. This book may be the difference between success and failure, for both the teacher and the student."
—Patrick F. Sheedy III, Executive Director
Rochester Montessori School, MN

"Finally, a book that gets at the heart of communicating with ESL/ELL students. This book hits home by focusing interactions with students on a cultural level within each language group, and then takes it a step further with ideas for parental communication. A must-have for teachers trying to break down communication barriers."
—Andrew Pontius, Middle School Teacher
Overseas Family School, Singapore

Break through language barriers and put ELL students at ease in your classroom!

More than ever before, K–12 educators in today's classrooms teach students from diverse language backgrounds. This handy reference guide to the ten most common languages of students who do not speak English—Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog, Haitian Creole, Navajo, Hmong, Cantonese, and Korean—offers practical guidance for communicating with ELL students and their families. With a chapter dedicated to each language, this book provides a wealth of resources to help you make meaningful connections with ELL students, including:

  • Information about the traditions, religions, and celebrations of the family's country of origin
  • Guides to common words and phrases in the student's native language
  • Picture dictionaries that can be reproduced for use with students
  • Sample parent letters that include both English and native language translations
  • Basic reading tests in ten languages

Help ensure that English Language Learners successfully transition into the school community and participate fully in the classroom learning environment!

 
Preface
 
Publisher's Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Spanish
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
2. Vietnamese
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
3. Hmong
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
4. Chinese (Cantonese)
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
5. Korean
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
6. Haitian Creole
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
7. Arabic
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
8. Russian
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
9. Tagalog
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
10. Navajo
Cultural Facts  
Useful Phrases  
Picture Dictionaries  
Translated Parent Letters  
 
11. Reading Tests
Reading Tests: First Grade  
Reading Tests: Third Grade  
Reading Tests: Fifth Grade  
 
References
 
Additional Resources

"An outstanding contribution to the teaching of children whose first language is not English. With a unique approach and respect for a variety of different ethnicities, this book should be an essential tool for many teachers."

Marilyn Sachs, Children's Book Author

"Finally, a book that gets at the heart of communicating with ESL/ELL students. This book hits home by focusing interaction with students on a cultural level within each language group, and then takes it a step further with ideas for parental communication. A must-have for teachers trying to break down communication barriers."

Andrew Pontius, Middle School Teacher
Overseas Family School, Singapore

"The authors have created a must-have resource for any teacher who works with ELL students. This book may be the difference between success and failure, for both the teacher and the student."

Patrick F. Sheedy III, Executive Director
Rochester Montessori School, MN

"A crucial tool for teachers who have second language learners in their classes. Its simple, user-friendly format provides teachers with critical communication resources to maximize students' English language acquisition." 

Diane Whitehouse, Educational Consultant
Judkins Middle School, Pismo Beach, CA

"Designed by classroom teachers for classroom teachers, this book is a supremely useful tool for effective and immediate communication with ESL students."

Shane M. Doyle, Program Coordinator
Early Childhood Education Distance Partnership, Montana State University-Bozeman

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction


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