Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge

Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge

Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge

Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge

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Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge is written for teachers, administrators, board of education members, and teacher trainers in the United States who are responsible for educating the growing number of English language learners (ELLs) in our public schools. The book's aim is to help you provide an effective learning environment for ELLs.

This book is based on my personal experience and passionate involvement in the field of English language education over the past 26 years. It is not meant to be a research document but a practical resource to help educators who are not specialists in the field of English as a Second Language (ESL) understand the needs of English language learners. I wish also to help administrators and board members implement programs to help English language learners reach the learning level of their native English-speaking classmates. Throughout the book I have provided scenarios of actual classrooms and real students both in my own school and in the schools of my colleagues throughout the United States.

Information about instructing English language learners has become vital over the past few years as school districts wrestle with the guidelines mandated by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB contains significant changes regarding federal policies that . . .

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