Teaching English Language Learners across the Content Areas

Teaching English Language Learners across the Content Areas

Teaching English Language Learners across the Content Areas

Teaching English Language Learners across the Content Areas

Synopsis

English language learners (ELLs) often face the difficult challenge of learning both a new language and new subject matter at the same time. In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas, Judie Haynes and Debbie Zacarian offer strategies, tools, and tips that teachers can use to help ELLs at all levels flourish in mainstream classrooms. This book will show teachers how to

• Determine their ELLs' stages of English language acquisition.

• Modify assignments and assessments in different content areas for ELLs at different stages of language development.

• Ensure that all ELLs participate fully in lesson activities alongside their English-fluent peers.

• Communicate effectively with parents and guardians of students from diverse cultures.

Real-life examples of lessons from elementary, middle, and high school that have been modified for ELLs in language arts, math, science, and social studies classes show how to effectively put the authors' recommendations into practice. A glossary of important ELL and ESL terms is included as well, for those who are new to teaching ELLs. Whether novice or veteran, all teachers of ELLs will benefit from this wonderfully practical guide to ensuring that ELLs learn English by learning content--and learn content while learning English.

Excerpt

The audience for Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas is teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists, principals, and superintendents who are working with English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. This book is the result of our combined experience working with ELLs: Judie taught elementary and middle school ELLs for 28 years and has been working with teachers of ELLs for the last 16 years; Debbie worked with high school ELLs for six years, administered K–12 English language education for over 20 years, and taught at a university for over a decade where she designed and developed courses for general classroom, secondary subject-matter, special education, resource, and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, as well as for administrators who taught English to ELLs. Debbie directs a professional development, consulting, and support center for teachers and administrators of ELLs.

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