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"Most literacy instruction for ELLs in the
With Writing Between Languages, Danling Fu provides an effective alternative. She proves that by beginning with the literacy knowledge students bring from their native language and putting writing at the center of the curriculum, we can help them make a smoother transition to English while we support their academic literacy. With Writing Between Languages, you'll learn to
understand the crucial and helpful role native literacy plays in building written English fluency
assess where English learners-including beginners-are in their development as writers
use code-switching and movement between languages to scaffold transitional writing-no matter whether you know a student's home language
implement instructional strategies to support development in writing and other literacy and language skills in meaningful contexts.
"ELLs should develop their writing ability as well as language skills through writing practice from the beginning," writes Danling Fu. Read Writing Between Languages, use its study guide with your colleagues, and discover how "writing instruction for ELLs that goes beyond language practice, can help them achieve real expression and communication"-skills they'll use in the classroom and in life.
"I believe that we are at the beginning stages of a radical shift in pedagogical assumptions regarding effective instruction for ELL students. Writing Between Languages makes a highly significant contribution to our understanding of what teaching for transfer entails and what it can achieve in the area of ELL students' writing development."