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Building An Esl Collection For Young Adults
     

Building An Esl Collection For Young Adults

by Laura Mccaffery
 

This annotated bibliography of more than 500 recommended books meets the needs of teachers and librarians for reading materials for young adults for whom English is a second language. Laura McCaffery, who has many years of experience with collection development of ESL materials for young adults, has selected the best books on a variety of topics to meet curriculum

Overview

This annotated bibliography of more than 500 recommended books meets the needs of teachers and librarians for reading materials for young adults for whom English is a second language. Laura McCaffery, who has many years of experience with collection development of ESL materials for young adults, has selected the best books on a variety of topics to meet curriculum and personal interest needs of young adults. Most of the books selected were published between 1992 and 1998. The bibliography is organized by topic: adventure, mystery, and suspense; biographies; career, workplace, life skills, and parenting; folktales, myths, poetry, and classics; ethnic diversity; history and geography; nature and science; and sports. Indexes by author, subject, title, and ethnic group make searching easy.

Mainstreamed ESL students can use these books to better understand and make use of regular textbooks. Special ESL classes can use the recommended books as part of regular instruction. Most of the books recommended are for the intermediate or advanced beginner reading level in English, but some very easy books are also included. Most of the books are suitable for all learners from grades five through adult. Each entry contains a complete bibliographical citation, Fry Reading Level, Interest Level, Library of Congress subjects for cataloging, and a 50 to 200 word annotation describing the book and how it can be used by the librarian or teacher who is working with patrons or students. A list of distributors of print and nonprint ESL materials completes the work.

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VOYA - Libby Bergstrom
In this well-organized bibliography, McCaffery annotates over five hundred titles appropriate for English as a second language students covering topics from sports to parenting. Each topic is subdivided into fiction and nonfiction sections. For each book listed, McCaffery gives basic bibliographic information as well as a Fry reading level and an interest level designation. Her clearly-written annotations provide summaries and make suggestions for possible curriculum uses. Works are included from mainstream publishers as well as those who specialize in ESL or literacy materials. Author, title, subject, and ethnic group indices provide further access to titles. Appendices list distributors of non-print materials, and publishers and addresses of print materials. Most works fall in the fourth to sixth grade reading level range. An index by reading level would have been useful for those trying to locate the few materials included for very beginning English-speakers. It is unclear how selections were made. For example, why is the complete, unabridged version of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Viking, 1997) included, but only an adapted, simplified version of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Raintree, 1991)? Also, why did the author consider these particular classics especially appropriate for ESL students? The treatment of series is inconsistent. Some receive single entries for the series, other times multiple titles in the series are given separate entries. Selectors are not told whether the whole series is recommended or simply these particular works, making this less useful for librarians building ESL collections. In spite of these flaws, teachers will find this an excellent source for titles to meet specific curriculum needs. Index. Appendix.
School Library Journal
This annotated bibliography offers more than 500 titles for grades 5 through adult. The entries are organized by genre or topic and arranged alphabetically by author. They include complete bibliographic information, ISBN, price, Fry Reading Level, interest level, and possible uses in and out of the classroom. An introduction outlines the changing need for ESL materials in the United States and explains McCaffery's selection criteria. Titles range from books published and marketed as ESL or adult literacy publications to mainstream young adult materials. The indexes, especially the ethnic-group index, are very useful. One appendix lists distributors of nonprint materials as well as Internet sites. Timeliness is somewhat uneven; most entries have publication dates between 1992 and 1998. A listing on computer basics is current, while one on AIDS is not. Overall, though, this is a useful guide.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
An annotated bibliography of 500-plus books recommended for young adults for whom English is a second language. The majority of the books selected were published between 1992 and 1998 and are intended for readers from the fifth grade through adulthood. The entry for each book contains a bibliographic citation, Fry Reading Level, Interest Level, LOC subject, and a brief annotation describing the book and how it can be used by the librarian or teacher who is working with patrons or students. Indexed by subject, title, and ethnic group. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299377
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

LAURA HIBBETS MCCAFFERY is Librarian in the Readers' Services department of the Allen County Public Library, where she has worked with the Fort Wayne Literacy Council and the Three Rivers Literacy Alliance to develop a collection of materials for patrons for whom English is a second language. She supervised the collection and has developed a collection development policy for literacy and ESL materials that is in use in the library. A former Young Adult librarian, she has served on the Publishers Liaison Committee in the Adult Lifelong Learning Section of the Public Library Association, where she evaluated materials for literacy needs.

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