The Education of English Language Learners: Research to Practice
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The Education of English Language Learners: Research to Practice

by Marilyn Shatz
     
 

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This comprehensive volume describes evidence-based strategies for supporting English language learners (ELLs) by promoting meaningful communication and language use across the curriculum. Leading experts explain how and why learning is different for ELLs and pinpoint specific best practices for the classroom, illustrated with vivid examples. Particular attention is

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This comprehensive volume describes evidence-based strategies for supporting English language learners (ELLs) by promoting meaningful communication and language use across the curriculum. Leading experts explain how and why learning is different for ELLs and pinpoint specific best practices for the classroom, illustrated with vivid examples. Particular attention is given to ways in which learning English is intertwined with learning the student's home language. The book addresses both assessment and instruction for typically developing ELLs and those with language disabilities and disorders. It demonstrates how educators and speech-language professionals can draw on students' linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural, and family resources to help close the achievement gap.

This title is part of the Social Work Practice With Children and Families Series, edited by Nancy Boyd Webb.

Editorial Reviews

Choice Reviews
The editors have assembled contributions from 12 experts on the subject of ELL education. They include the most current research available, which enhances and at times debunks traditionally held views....Despite the complex issues pertaining to ELL, the book presents them in a manner that novices can easily grasp. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections.—Choice Reviews
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"Perhaps no topic is of greater interest today to educational researchers, policymakers, and practitioners than how best to meet the needs of ELLs. This state-of-the-art work, presented in a lively and accessible fashion, provides a thorough and practical treatment of this topic from leading experts in the field. A 'must have' for all of us."—Laura M. Justice, PhD, School of Teaching and Learning, The Ohio State University

"This definitive book represents research-to-practice at its best. The contributors are cutting-edge researchers with significant practical experience. What makes the book unique is that it takes multiple perspectives—neurological, theoretical, behavioral, social, cognitive, environmental, and individual—and  weaves them into a coherent and accessible tapestry, laying to rest the notion that ELLs are destined to lag behind their monolingual peers. Educators will be able to read this book and immediately begin to implement changes in their instruction. It could serve as a text in any teacher training program and could also be used in training other professionals, such as ESL instructors, reading specialists, school psychologists, and speech/n-/language pathologists."—Brian A. Goldstein, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Temple University

"A 'must read' for every inservice and preservice teacher. The book is extremely well organized, with excellent continuity from one chapter to the next. The contributors are outstanding scholars who present reader-friendly chapters that cover theory, research, and best practices for the classroom. This book should be adopted as a text in an ELL course or courses that deal with teaching any content area. Kudos to the editors on this important volume."—Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Literacy and Chair, Department of Learning and Teaching, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Choice

"The editors have assembled contributions from 12 experts on the subject of ELL education. They include the most current research available, which enhances and at times debunks traditionally held views....Despite the complex issues pertaining to ELL, the book presents them in a manner that novices can easily grasp. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections."--Choice
Journal of Education
“For an individual reader, the greatest yield from this text might be more than the practical ideas they can apply. The text also has the promise of challenging assumptions, sometimes hidden and sometimes overt, that we as teachers or the systems within which we work make about language acquisition or the potential of ELLs. Detailed quantitative evidence and powerful qualitative descriptions offer a starting point for reflecting on one's own practice or advocating for change….A rigorous, challenging work Invaluable for educators from a variety of backgrounds, an opportunity to learn and to use theory and research-validated concepts and practices to change classrooms, policies, and personal beliefs. As has been noted, the substantial attention given to the topic of assessment and to the role of administrators is unique and adds to the value of this timely and important work.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606236598
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/22/2010
Series:
Challenges in Language and Literacy Series
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
1,267,418
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Shatz, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and has been a Guggenheim Fellow; a Senior Research Fulbright Scholar; and a recipient of a National Institute of Education fellowship. An expert in language and the development of communication skills, Dr. Shatz has used both naturalistic and experimental methods to carry out research on the interrelations among social, cognitive, and language development in young children. Her current research investigates how young children acquire abstract vocabulary. Dr. Shatz has published more than 70 chapters, articles, and books, and has served as an editor and editorial board member of numerous journals.
 
Louise C. Wilkinson, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology, and Communication Sciences at Syracuse University, where she teaches courses on literacy learning for English language learners. An internationally recognized leader in education, she is best known for her extensive research on school-age children’s language and literacy learning and has published 150 articles, chapters, and volumes. Dr. Wilkinson has served on the editorial boards of major research journals. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. Dr. Wilkinson cochairs the Literacy Leadership for Urban Teacher Education Commission of the International Reading Association.

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