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ELL Frontiers
Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners

Foreword by Jon Bergmann



© 2017 | 144 pages | Corwin

Your GPS for improving ELLs’ academic outcomes

This is not yesterday’s ELL classroom. Thanks to the Common Core and other rigorous new standards, it’s more challenging than ever to meet the needs of our English learners. But yesterday’s classrooms didn’t have the so many powerful digital tools at your immediate disposal. Written by three tech-savvy ELL experts and grounded in the latest research on English language and literacy development and technology integration, this timely book will serve as your go-to road map for navigating this exciting new frontier.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • An overview of current digital age learning experiences and trends
  • Step-by-step guides to implementing technology-infused lessons that are specifically aligned with English learners’ needs, including a sample lesson seed in each chapter
  • Authentic vignettes of current uses of technology in the classroom
  • Professional Learning Network questions for group discussion

Take a look for yourself. ELL Frontiers will give you the tools not only to improve academic outcomes and enhance language development, but also to cultivate digital citizenship.  

“By incorporating the best of digital age learning, the authors inspire practitioners to bring ELL instruction to the next level. ELL Frontiers shows how technology-enhanced instruction can elevate learning from our prior emphasis on ‘covering’ material to ‘uncovering’ English learners’ rich experience and perspective.”
—Jane Holmberg, Educational Consultant

 
Foreword
 
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. The 21st Century English Learner
 
2. Fostering a Digital Learning Environment
 
3. The Four Skills + 1 (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Viewing)
 
4. Responding and Creating
 
5. Flipping the Classroom for English Learners
 
6. Collaboration and Communication
 
7. Virtual Communities and Digital Citizenship
 
8. Critical Thinking and Assessment
 
9. Parting Thoughts
 
Appendix A- Technology Tools and Resources
 
Appendix B- ELD/ESL Methodology Resources
 
References
 
Index

"The ideas introduced in this book can assist us in making the most of the available technology and digital resources of our 21st century classrooms as we plan instruction with our curriculum. The information is presented in an accessible and engaging way to regularly incorporate students’ lived experiences and the authentic phenomena of their world ~ through content using visual texts, videos and other digital resources. This book can guide us to make the most of our face to face time with students through rich tasks requiring higher level thinking and application of learning.  Additionally, the ‘seed’ lessons provide us with powerful entry points that support integration of the flipped classroom approach into our practice such that we may promote academic equity for ELLs and all learners."

Zaiba Beg, Instructional Coordinator: English Language Learners
Peel District School Board

"A much needed book to empower educators to empower their English language learners!  ELL Frontiers: contains tools and resources which narrow the digital divide and put students at the center, fostering active learning, as well as independent and engaged learners.  New and experienced educators alike will learn what technology can do for the English Language Learner as a citizen of the digital age."

Carolyn Frye, ELL Resource Teacher
English Language Learners Services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

"High praise to Honigsfeld, Parris, and Estrada for providing this timely contribution to all of us involved in educating one of the nation’s fastest growing populations.  Teachers, administrators, specialists, as well as curriculum and professional development leaders will find a treasure trove of strategies and research-based solutions for teaching English learners during our rapidly evolving digital era."

Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D., Educational Consultant

"Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are challenged to differentiate instruction appropriately for English Learners at various stages of English language development, in unfamiliar contexts. This text builds upon current practices by explicitly addressing how flipped lessons can benefit ELs by conveying concise expectations, more opportunities to grapple with new content individually and through interaction with peers, and ways to scaffold linguistic demands when assessing ELs’ academic achievement. Successfully flipped classrooms provide options for ELs to identify essential goals of upcoming lessons, allowing more cognitive energy to acquire the academic language necessary to engage in learning experiences."

Glenda Harrell, ESL Director
Wake County Public School System

"Digital teaching is an important resource for supporting and enhancing learning for all  students yet it has not been the focus of many professional resource books for working  with second language learners. ELL Frontiers: Using Technology for English  Learners changes that. Finally, here is a source for teachers who work with  English learners that provides innovative, thoughtful, and clearly articulated ideas for actively involving students in digital learning using the latest technology while keeping in mind best practices for collaborating, conversing, and providing feedback in the classroom. The authors share a range of approaches that help students bolster their background knowledge, think critically, and use class time to interact and engage, such as through flipping the classroom. This book contains a treasure trove of ideas for teachers who want to move their teaching with English learners into the digital age."

Lori Helman, Ph.D. Director, Associate Professor, Literacy Education
Minnesota Center for Reading Research, University of Minnesota
Key features
(1) The essential guide to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment that serve to advance EL achievement in three domains: English Language Development, mastery of academic content, and 21st century skills.

(2) Models the appropriate use of technology in ESL and general education classrooms, including multiple examples of authentic technology integration and ESL practices.

(3) End-of-chapter sample lessons model the effective integration of content, language and technology for ESL classrooms.

(4) Offers step-by-step guides to implementing technology-infused lessons that are specifically adapted for use with English Learners.

(5) Thoroughly grounded in current research on EL achievement and technology integration.

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