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In Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge, Judie Haynes provides a practical resource to help educators who are new to the field of English as a Second Language understand the needs of English language learners. From learning how students acquire a second language to differentiating instruction to exploring practical strategies for teaching newcomers, this book will help educators learn how to create effective learning environments for English language learners.
Posted September 26, 2009
This book is a good, beginning overview of the issues dealing with ELLs. There are a few inaccuracies in the glossary, as well as a limited depiction of the limited types of ways to assist ELLs as if those were the only ways; but if there is a knowledgeable ESL teacher in the district, s/he can tweak these and others. If educators then take the book's information, consider the title as a clear direction of getting started, and look more into areas they don't quite know/understand, then it can be a most useful resource. However, not many educators take the time to sus out the research behind information in general and administrators are even less inclined to do so, unfortunately purchasing books/materials as if they offered a definitive answer for educators. That said, educators and other staff members can use this text as a resource for staff and professional development to prompt more discussion about ELLs, their families, their culture in a celebratory manner that adds to the rich fabric of the population that is changing and is served.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.