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The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners
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The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners



© 2012 | 152 pages | Corwin

Put all English learners on the path to success—right from the start!

Beginning English learners are at risk of being lost in a system that doesn't know how to reach them. With more and more ELs entering U.S. schools every year, educators need to act quickly to create school- and classroom-based programs that work. Veteran educators Debbie Zacarian and Judie Haynes provide templates and tools—along with vignettes illustrating real-world challenges—to help teachers and administrators:

  • Create a welcoming environment for English learners and their families who are unfamiliar with the American education system
  • Reach out to students from literacy and non-literacy-oriented homes
  • Engage parents to become a part of the school community
  • Learn strategies for teaching beginning level ELs across the curriculum
  • Develop instructional models for students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)
  • Build sensitive practices for students who have experienced trauma

The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners provides a realistic and comprehensive framework for effectively reaching and teaching this growing population.


"This book provides a wonderful look at the complexities of providing newcomers with a welcoming school environment and appropriate instruction."
—Michelle DaCosta, Bilingual Resource Teacher
Framingham Public Schools, MA

"This book gets at the heart of working with beginning ELs and helps educators gain a complete understanding of these students' needs and the factors that influence them."
—Yvonne S. Freeman, Professor of Bilingual Education
The University of Texas at Brownsville

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Seeing the Big Picture
 
2. Taking a Closer Look
 
3. Effective Programming for English Learners
 
4. Selecting Models of Instruction
 
5. Strengthening Family - School Engagement
 
6. Teaching Beginners
 
7. Working With English Learners Who Have Experienced Trauma
 
8. Teaching English Learners With Limited or Interrupted Formal Education
 
9. Providing Effective Professional Development
 
References
 
Index

“More than ever, educators are facing large numbers of English Learners (ELs), each coming with specific needs. The authors present a comprehensive text of how educators can and should work with these students and their families. Many of the strategies presented can be applied to other students as well. This book will be a valuable asset to every educator who wants each of his or her students to succeed.”

Glen Ishiwata, Former Superintendent
Moreland School District, San Jose, CA

“This book provides a wonderful look at the complexities of providing newcomers with a welcoming school environment and appropriate instruction. The book clearly reveals that the needs of these students requires more than ‘just good teaching.’”

Michelle DaCosta, Bilingual Resource Teacher
Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, MA

“This book will be of great interest to all educators of English learners because we all have beginners who arrive at any time during the school year, in our various schools and districts. The authors skillfully use scenarios to connect the theory to the practice and helps create a framework in which to plan for programming as well as classroom instruction.”

Katherine Lobo, ESL Teacher and Teacher Trainer
Belmont Public Schools, Belmont, MA

The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners isn’t your run-of-the-mill, boring professional development book for educators. With accurate portrayals of real-world situations that will make readers shake their fists in anger and smile at successes, this book is a must-have for improving EL identification and curriculum in any district.”

Jennifer Paul, ELL Assessment Consultant
Michigan Department of Education, Lansing, MI

"The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners gets at the heart of what is key for working with beginning ELs and helps educators gain a complete understanding of these students’ needs and the factors that influence them."

Yvonne S. Freeman, Professor of Bilingual Education
The University of Texas at Brownsville
Key features
  • The first book dedicated to helping schools prepare for English language learners who are at the entry and beginning stages of English language acquisition, including students from literacy and school-experiences that are similar to American public schools as well as students from non-literacy oriented and limited or interrupted school experiences.
  • Full chapter coverage of the critical first month (chapter 5) and first year (chapter 6) to establish foundations for continued academic success of ELLs.
  • Provides in-depth treatment of how cultural dissonance can affect EL learning and the importance of establishing high levels of parental engagement. (chapter 4)
  • Unique chapters on SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education -- chapter 7) and students who have experienced trauma.
  • Moving case vignettes introduce each chapter.
  • Forms, protocols, and resources will be included to support schools to successfully execute each element.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Seeing the Big Picture


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