With additional contributions from:
Virginia D. Ward
""Like the neighbor in the parable of the Good Samaritan, what if the help needed in the story is the learning of English? Would you give? Empowering English Language Learners is a book that takes you to experience what happens when the Christian value of being a 'neighbor' is embraced in teaching English to the non-English speakers in different settings. Lively and practical!""
--Seong Hyun Park, Dean of Boston Campus and Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
""Empowering ELLs is a very important topic for all teachers. Many strategies for successfully empowering ELLs have been made by experienced and effective teachers and administrators in secular and Christian settings to students of all age levels. I highly recommend this book as an indispensable resource for all.""
--Aida Besancon Spencer, Senior Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Jeanne C. DeFazio is the editor of Berkeley Street Theatre: How Improvisation and Street Theatre Emerged as a Christian Outreach to the Culture of the Time, coeditor of Redeeming the Screens with William David Spencer and Creative Ways to Build Christian Community with John P. Lathrop. She also co-authored, with Teresa Flowers, How to Have an Attitude of Gratitude on the Night Shift.
William David Spencer is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's Boston Campus/Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). He is the author of more than two hundred articles, stories, poems, chapters in books, reviews, editorials, and with his wife writes the blog From the Timeless to the Timely: Applying Scriptural Truths Today. He is also co-author or editor of sixteen books.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction Jennifer Marie Creamer xv
Part 1 Strategies of Christian Teachers in a Secular Setting
1 "Jeremiah 29:7: Bridge Builders" Olga Soler 3
2 "Modeling Success in the Inner-City Classroom from a Christian Perspective" Gemma Wenger 18
3 "Strategies that are Scripturally Based for the Public-School Classroom" Julia Davis 35
4 "Instructing English Language Learners in a Secular College" Jean Dimock 44
5 "English as a Second Language-Volunteer Programs in Churches and Public Libraries" Michael Jan Dempsey 53
Part 2 Strategies of Christian Teachers in a Christian Setting
6 "Teaching Migrant Children Prepared Me to Teach Theology to At-Risk English Language Learners" Jeanne DeFazio 75
7 "Dialogical Teaching in the Digital Age" Dean Borgman 93
8 "English Language Learners as Pacesetters" Virginia Ward 101
9 "Intentional Teaching" William David Spencer 106
10 "Language of the Seminary Classroom and the Language of the City" Seong Hyun Park 138
Conclusion Aída Besançon Spencer 143
About the Authors 149
Subject Index 165
Scripture Index 167