English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work / Edition 3

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Holly A. Hitchcock
"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."
Noni Mendoza Ries
"This book gives lots of information in a simple, easy-to-access format."
Brenna Godsey
"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."
John Meulmester
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958172
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/4/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,308,348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.

She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.

Jeffrey A. Kottler, Ph D, one of the most prolific authors in the fields of psychology and education, is professor of counseling at California State University, Fullerton. He has authored more than a dozen texts for counselors and teachers that are used in universities around the world, as well as a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include: Counseling Skills for Teachers, On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Learning Group Leadership, and Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own. Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, and therapist in preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, university, community college, and private practice settings. He served as a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Lecturer in Peru (1980) and Iceland (2000) and has been a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal.

Chris Street, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his M.A. from California State University, San Diego and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris has taught English language learners at both the middle-school and college levels. He currently serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Content Area Reading and is a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project. His research interests include adolescent literacy and the teaching of reading and writing. His work has appeared in a variety of journals and books, including Teacher Education Quarterly, The Social Studies, Journal of Content Area Reading, Multicultural Education, Journal of College Reading and Learning, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Comprehending Nonfiction 6-8.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
About the Authors     xv
Getting to Know the Student     1
Sensitivity to Cultural and Linguistic Differences     1
Identifying Terms     5
Relationships Are Everything     6
Understand the Student's World     10
Explore the Student's Family Background     15
Pay Attention to Social and Cultural Customs     23
Suggested Activities     27
Establishing a Comfortable Environment     29
Welcome Students to Your Room     29
Select Display Materials     31
Establish Routines     34
Create a Community of Learners     35
Foster Classroom Involvement     38
Celebrate Diversity     41
Open Doors to Families     43
Suggested Activities     48
Understanding Second-Language Development     49
Second-Language Principles     49
Language Processes     53
Developing Proficiency     55
Assessing Fluency Levels     59
High-Stakes Testing     61
First-to Second-Language Learning     62
Suggested Activities     66
Strategies for Teaching     67
Motivate Students to Learn     67
Structure Language Delivery     69
Scaffold (Support) Instruction     73
Use Research-Based Strategies to Improve Achievement     75
Address Learning Styles     79
Incorporate Multiple Intelligences     82
Use Multisensory Activities to Engage Students     85
Suggested Activities     89
Building Literacy     91
Writing Skills     91
Reading Skills     98
Speaking Skills     104
Listening Skills     108
Structured Communication Activities     110
Responsive Instruction     112
Have Fun     112
Suggested Activities     113
Using Strategies Borrowed From Language Instruction     115
Learning From Foreign Language Instruction     115
Applying Strategies Used by English Language Teachers     122
Brain-Compatible Second-Language Acquisition     127
Summary of Strategies Adapted From Teaching Second Languages     129
Suggested Activities     131
Integrating Technology     133
Television     133
Telephone      134
Audio Recording     135
Video Recording     135
Computer Technology     136
Online Resources for Teachers     144
Promoting Critical Thinking     145
Benefits of Using Technology With English Learners     150
Suggested Activities     151
Involving Others     153
Peer Instruction     153
Team Teaching     155
School Personnel     157
Cross-Age Tutoring     161
Parents and Families     162
Intergenerational Tutoring     165
Community Resources     166
Cultural Exchange Programs     168
Language for All     168
Suggested Activities     169
Putting It All Together     171
Classroom Implications of Brain Research     171
Planning Instruction and Assessment     173
A Lesson Plan Format     180
The Power of Language     182
Suggested Activities     182
References     183
Index     193
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