Academic journal article Science Scope

Secondary Science Teaching for English Learners

Academic journal article Science Scope

Secondary Science Teaching for English Learners

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Secondary Science Teaching for English Learners

By Edward G. Lyon, Sara Tolbert, Patricia Stoddart, Jorge Solis, and George C. Bunch. $36. 229 pp. Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Lanham, MD. 2016. ISBN: 9781442231269.

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Secondary Science Teaching for English Learners is an excellent resource for teachers who work with English Language Learning (ELL), providing teaching strategies that help students make sense of science.

One of the major challenges of teaching science to ELL students is helping them understand science concepts while they are still developing their mastery of a new language. This book provides research that validates each teaching approach.

The book begins by reviewing the importance of teachers helping students connect language and literacy and science. The authors explain how an integrated approach to teaching science and literacy has been shown to promote more success over generic approaches used in the past.

In the second part of the book, the authors explore several different research-based strategies for helping ELL students make sense of science. The emphasis in these chapters is to show how the Secondary Science Teaching with English Language and Literacy Acquisition (SSTELLA) framework provides a guide for helping teachers use the most appropriate strategy for their students. …

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