Why Do English Language Learners Struggle With Reading?: Distinguishing Language Acquisition From Learning Disabilities

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This guide includes assessment techniques, instructional tips, and practical strategies to determine whether reading difficulties in ELLs are related to language acquisition or to learning disabilities.
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Editorial Reviews

James Becker
"Distinguishing learning disabilities from language acquisition issues has always been difficult. This book is relevant to many educators."
Christine Engel
"Tackles the very difficult issue of why ELLs are disproportionately represented in special education and how, as educators, we need to look at our assessments to verify that there is a true need for referral versus a lack of understanding of the language acquisition process."
Anne Beveridge
"We need better assessment strategies to determinelearning disabilitiesin ELL students. This book is highly relevant as not only does it address this issue, but offers practical suggestions and approaches to remedy the problem."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412941471
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 3/20/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 402,465
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Janette K. Klingner was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami. Her recently coauthored or coedited books include Teaching Reading Comprehension to Sudents With Learning Difficulties (Guilford Press), Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Merrill/Prentice Hall), Case Studies in the Social Construction of Disability: Minority Students in Special Education (Teachers College Press), Evidence-Based Practices for Response to Intervention (Brookes), and Why Are so Many Minority Students in Special Education?: Understanding Race and Disability in Schools (Teachers College Press).

John J. Hoover is a former K-12 special education teacher for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavior disorders in several states in the Midwest, West, and Southwest. Publications include his forthcoming book, Differentiating Learning Differences from Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Teaching diverse learners through multi-tiered response to intervention (Allyn & Bacon), and recent books coauthored/coeditedinclude Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Pearson Merrill); Curriculum Adaptations for Students with Learning and Behavior Problems: Differentiating instruction to meet diverse needs (Pro-Ed); and Teaching Study Skills to Students with Learning Problems (Pro-Ed). His forthcoming tests include the Early Literacy Measure (Pro-Ed) and the Behavior Skills Rating System (Pro-Ed). He earned a BA in elementary and special education (mental retardation), an MA in learning disabilities and emotional disorders with an emphasis in reading, and a PHD in curriculum, specializing in special education.

Leonard M. Bacahas been a professor of education at the University of Colorado-Boulder since 1973. He has taught courses in bilingual and bilingual special education and served as the program chair. Baca is founder and director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education. He is the author of The Bilingual Special Education Interface (Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2004) and several articles dealing with English Language Learners with disabilities. He earned his EdD from the University of Northern Colorado.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors/Authors
Introduction and Overview of Chapters
1. Distinguishing Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities Among English Language Learners: Background Information - Michael Orosco, Estella Almanza de Schonewise, Carmen de Onis, Janette Klingner, John Hoover
2. Misconceptions About the Second Language Acquisition Process - Janette Klingner, Estella Almanza de Schonewise, Carmen de Onis, Laura Méndez Barletta, John Hoover
3. Response to Intervention Models and English Language Learners - Janette Klingner, Laura Méndez Barletta, John Hoover
4. Helping Classroom Reading Teachers Distinguish Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities - Janette Klingner, Diana Geisler
5. Data-Driven Decision Making in a Multi-Tiered Model - John J. Hoover
6. Considerations When Assessing ELLs for Special Education - John J. Hoover, Laura Méndez Barletta
7. Conclusion: Putting the Pieces Together - Leonard Baca, Todd Fletcher
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