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In this indispensable work, prominent authorities review the latest research on all aspects of ELL instruction (K-12) and identify what works for today's students and schools. Provided are best-practice guidelines for targeting reading, writing, oral language, vocabulary, content-domain literacies, and other core skill areas; assessing culturally and linguistically diverse students; and building strong school-home-community partnerships. Chapters include clear-cut recommendations for teaching adolescent ELLs and those with learning disabilities. The comprehensive scope, explicit linkages from research to practice, and guidance for becoming a culturally informed, reflective practitioner make the book an ideal course text.

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"Informative chapters by well-known authors address a variety of topics related to classroom practice, and provide a useful mix of theory and application. Many of the chapters include useful tools that can be adapted for the reader’s own purposes. An additional strength of the book is the attention it gives to often-ignored areas such as ELLs in special education, teacher professional development, and parent and family considerations. Highly valuable for teacher education courses and practicing teachers."--Robert Rueda, PhD, Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Education, University of Southern California

"This is exactly the text I've been looking for to use in my undergraduate teacher education and master's-level certification courses. It has a great blend of theory and teacher-tested strategies for working with a variety of ELLs. I especially appreciate the chapters on ELLs with disabilities and Native Americans, two populations overlooked in most textbooks, as well as the broad span of grade levels and ages represented across the chapters. I am thrilled to see sound research and practical strategies presented in a manner that will be so accessible to our preservice teachers."--Margarita Jimenez-Silva, EdD, College of Teacher Education and Leadership, Arizona State University

"Best Practices in  ELL Instruction is a rich, invaluable resource for teacher educators, literacy specialists, and, most important, classroom teachers. Leading ESL and bilingual education experts address relevant research, theory, strategic teaching, special populations, and teacher preparation. Both scholarly and accessible, this book is certain to become a classic in the field of language teaching and learning."--Yvonne S. Freeman, PhD, Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies, University of Texas at Brownsville

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Guofang Li, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University, where she teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in second-language and literacy education. Her research focuses on ESL/ELL education, family and community literacy, and Asian American education. Dr. Li has been honored with the Early Career Award from Division G, Social Context of Education, of the American Educational Research Association, among other awards. Her books include the authored volume Culturally Contested Pedagogy, which won the Edward B. Fry Book Award from the National Reading Conference.
Patricia A. Edwards, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and Senior University Outreach Fellow at Michigan State University, where she is also Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center. Her research addresses issues of culture, identity, equity, and power that affect families and schools. Dr. Edwards is a recipient of the Teacher-Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU. She served as the first African American President of the National Reading Conference and is currently President (2010-2011) of the International Reading Association. She is the author of two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs and a number of books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Guofang Li Patricia A. Edwards 1

Part I Perspectives on ELL Instruction

1 Improving Achievement for English Learners: Conclusions from Recent Reviews and Emerging Research Claude Goldenberg 15

2 Language Development and the Education of Dual-Language-Learning Children in the United States Eugene E. García Erminda H. García 44

Part II Strategies for Teaching Young ELLs

3 Principles for Teaching Young ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom: Adapting Best Practices for All Learners Ellen McIntyre 61

4 Engaging Young ELLs with Reading and Writing Diane M. Barone 84

5 Principles for Writing Practices with Young ELLs Sarah McCarthey Xun Zheng 103

Part III Strategies for Teaching Adolescent ELLs

6 Teaching Academic Literacies in Secondary School Harriett Allison Linda Harklau 129

7 Constructing Access and Understanding in Inclusive Middle-Grade Content Classrooms: A Sociocognitive Apprenticeship in Literacy with Bilingual Students and Those with Language/Learning Disabilities Troy V. Mariage Carol Sue Englert 151

Part IV Best Practices in ELL/Bilingual Programs and Approaches

8 From Models to Principles: Implementing Quality Schooling for ELLs Ester J. de Jong 189

9 Using Workshop Approaches to Support the Literacy Development of ELLs Kathryn H. Au Taffy E. Raphael 207

10 A Bilingual Perspective on Writing Assessment: Implications for Teachers of Emerging Bilingual Writers Lucinda Soltero-González Kathy Escamilla Susan Hopewell 222

Part V Critical Issues Concerning ELL Instruction

11 Meeting the Needs of ELLs with Disabilities: A Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Model Alba A. Ortiz Alfredo J. Artiles 247

12 Best Practices for Native American Language Learners Mary Eunice Romero-Little 273

13 Supporting Literacy Learning in Families for Whom English Is an Additional Language Jeanne R. Paratore Barbara Krol-Sinclair Mariela Páez Kristen Paratore Bock 299

14 "It's Just Like Telling Them They Will Never Be Scientists": A White Teacher's Journey Transforming Linguistic and Racial Categories Cynthia H. Brock Julie L. Pennington Eleni Oikonomidoy Dianna R. Townsend 328

15 Best Practices in Professional Development for Teachers of ELLs Guofang Li Maria Selena Protacio 353

Index 381

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