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Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books

By: Ana Lado

For beginning ELLs, a picture really is worth a thousand words! Using classroom-friendly techniques, this practical guide shows how to design lessons, select appropriate books, and more.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452235233
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 224
  • Publication date: December 18, 2012

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Picture your beginning ELLs reading their way to success!

For beginning English language learners, a picture really is worth a thousand words! Picture books can unlock puzzling cultural and social meanings for students at all ages and grade levels. ELL educator Ana Lado illustrates how picture books are an especially useful tool for building important language and social foundations—foundations that students may miss through traditional instruction. Lado provides all the tools you need to engage your English learners with picture books, including how to:

  • Design lesson plans around themed units
  • Select appropriate picture books using specific criteria
  • Incorporate fun and engaging strategies like singing and reenacting
  • Integrate picture-book learning to facilitate development of English Language Proficiency

In addition, you will gain access to a searchable online database to find just the right book for your lessons, based on author, title, genre, and English Language Proficiency level. With practical, classroom-friendly techniques, Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books helps teachers, ESL/ELD specialists, and bilingual teachers transform lessons into richly-illustrated learning opportunities.

"This book is a great tool to use when teaching level one students and contains the different strategies necessary for complete English instruction."
—Giuliana Jahnsen, ELL Teacher
Sterling Middle School, Sterling, VA

"This book makes the TESOL standards accessible by summarizing the three main goals of learning a language and how picture books support these concepts."
—Blanca L. Campillo, Professional Development Specialist
Chicago Public Schools Area 9, Chicago, IL

Key features

  • A fresh new approach to scaffolding instruction for beginner-level ELLs through the use of carefully selected picture books.
  • Describes the selection criteria ("tellability") for appropriate books that takes into account the learner's English Language Proficiency Level, the topic of the book, and its utitlity in building foundational social language and a bridge to academic language.
  • Includes extensive lists of "tellable" books, ranked by ELP proficiency levels and organized by topical themes.
  • Includes a plethora instructional strategies for incorporating books in ELL instruction.
  • The final section of the book consists of thematic units (with accompanying booklists) and individual lesson plans.


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Ana Lado

Ana Lado obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. She is currently a professor in the School of Education and Human Services of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She coordinates the Master of Education in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and advises graduate students in the Master of Education in Professional Studies. Her favorite courses involve methods of TESOL and beginning reading. She also teaches courses exploring educational issues related to bilingualism, multicultural language arts, and creativity.

Dr. Lado mentors students doing practical research on picture books as well as student teachers. She frequently presents workshops in schools and at local and international conferences. Dr. Lado began teaching in a bilingual kindergarten in Washington, D.C. She engages in local projects with youngsters learning Spanish and middle school English Language Learners.

In addition, to teaching at Marymount, she conducts academic training and material development for LADO International College. This private school founded by her father, Robert Lado in the 1970’s, provides intensive, accelerated, English classes for speakers of other languages. In the 1970’s it developed the first certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and provides intensive and semi-intensive TEFL certificate classes to native and native-level speakers of English. She developed the materials for the first course, pre-one. Currently, she is working with a team to complete the revision of the Lado English Series texts used in levels one through six.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

1. Using Picture Books With English Language Learners

2. Selecting Books With the Right Content Difficulty

3. Selecting Books With the Right Language Input

4. Assessments for Matching Books and English Language Learners

5. Matching Books to Communicative Language Teaching Strategies

Concluding Remarks

Acronyms and Glossary of Terms

Appendix: Three Units Using the Communicative Language Teaching Strategies

Children's Book References and Resources

Professional References and Resources




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