Promoting Academic Achievement Among English Learners: A Guide to the Research
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Promoting Academic Achievement Among English Learners: A Guide to the Research

by Claude Goldenberg, Rhoda Coleman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412955491

ISBN-13: 9781412955492

Pub. Date: 04/13/2010

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Discover the research and facts on what works in educating English learners!

This comprehensive resource examines the research on promoting success among students who come to school knowing little or no English and translates current findings into specific recommendations for developing policies and programs for English learners. With illustrative scenarios

Overview

Discover the research and facts on what works in educating English learners!

This comprehensive resource examines the research on promoting success among students who come to school knowing little or no English and translates current findings into specific recommendations for developing policies and programs for English learners. With illustrative scenarios throughout, this book gives educators and policy makers solid, research-based information about:

  • Using students’ home language in academic programming
  • Teaching English and academic content simultaneously
  • School and district factors that affect achievement for English learners
  • Sociocultural factors in success, including the influence of parents and families

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412955492
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Pages:
181
Sales rank:
626,695
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments viii

About the Authors ix

1 Why This Book? 1

A New Focus on English Learners 3

This Book's Goal 5

What About Bilingual Education? 10

ELLs in the United States: Populations and Programs 11

A Word About Research and Statistics 16

The Book's Plan 20

References 21

2 The Role of the Home Language 23

Common Sense Does Not Necessarily Lead to Truth 24

Differences Between the NLP and CREDE Reports 29

How to Explain Effects of L1 Instruction on L2 Achievement? 31

Still Many Unknowns 33

Is There a Place for L1 in English Immersion Programs? 34

Recommendations 36

References 37

3 Literacy Instruction in a Second Language 39

English Learners Developing Literacy: Key Components 41

English Learners Developing Literacy: "Complex Approaches" 48

What Instructional Modifications Are Needed for English Learners Learning to Read? 50

Recommendations 56

References 57

4 Promoting English Oral Language Development 59

A Surprising Lack of Research 61

Academic and Conversational English Have Different Characteristics 61

Approaches to Promoting English Language Development 63

How Long Does It Take English Learners to Become Fluent in English? 68

A Need to Focus on Academic English Proficiency 71

How Should English Learners Be Grouped for ELD Instruction? 72

Interactions With English Speakers 74

Should ELD Be Taught Separately or Integrated With Other Academic Instruction? 76

Recommendations 78

References 79

5 Academic Instruction in a Second Language 81

Key Concepts 83

What Do We Know About Effective Content Area Academic Instruction for ELLs? 89

Techniques for Teaching Academic Content to ELLs 90

The Development of Academic Language 91

Science Instruction for ELLs 96

Recommendations 97

References 98

6 School and District Role: Focus and Coherence 101

Getting From Here to There 103

Explicit Academic Goals 104

Ongoing Student Assessment 105

Leadership 106

Professional Development 108

Other School and District Factors 111

Linking School and District Policies With Classroom Practice 112

Recommendations 113

References 114

7 Social, Cultural, and Family Influences 117

Culture and Achievement Among ELLs 118

Evidence on Culturally Compatible Instruction for ELLs Is Mixed 120

Using Material With Familiar Content 123

Does Familiar Necessarily Mean Culturally Familiar? 126

Parents and Families 129

Recommendations 132

References 133

8 The Research Goes to School 135

English Language Instruction Scenarios 136

Primary-Language Instruction Scenarios 157

9 Conclusion: What's Next? 167

Teachers, Specialists, and Coaches 168

Administrators and Policy Makers 170

Conducting Thoughts 171

References 172

Glossary 173

Index 177

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