Why Do English Learners Struggle With Reading?
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Why Do English Learners Struggle With Reading?
Distinguishing Language Acquisition From Learning Disabilities

Second Edition

© 2016 | 224 pages | Corwin

Make the right instructional and eligibility decisions to help your English Learners! 

Do your students’ reading difficulties reflect language acquisition issues or a learning disability? Now in an updated second edition, this essential guide helps educators make informed, accurate choices about strategies and services to support English Learners. 

Developed for general and special education teachers and service providers, this trusted resource offers a variety of research-based best practices, and includes

  • Nine common misconceptions that can lead to wrongful placement of students in special education
  • Theories of second language acquisition
  • Select evidence-based methods for teaching reading to students learning English
  • Issues to consider and techniques to use when assessing students for special education and making data-based decisions
  • Role of cultural influences in reading instruction
  • Expanded coverage of multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)

Readers will find helpful vignettes, checklists, and suggestions that support outstanding teaching practices and appropriate, effective use of assessment and referrals. 

"This book provides a wealth of information on ELs within the RTI process. The authors provide a number of practical checklists that can be used by any school district. Very few books address the topic as well as this one does."
Jennifer Urbach, Associate Professor
University of Northern Colorado

About the Authors
Introduction to Second Edition
1. Distinguishing Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities Among English Learners: Background Information
2. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and English Learners
3. Misconceptions About the Second Language Acquisition Process
4. Helping Classroom Reading Teachers Distinguish Between Language Acquisition and Learning Disabilities
5. Select Reading Methods for Teaching English Learners
6. Special Education Assessment of ELs
7. Data-Driven Decision Making: Distinguishing Language Acquisition and Cultural Behavior From a Disability
8. Conclusion: Putting the Pieces Together
Key features
  • New, research-proven methods for distinguishing between language learning difficulties and learning disabilities
  • Assessment techniques for identifying learning disabilities and measuring proficiency in English as a Second Language
  • Using Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in instruction and identifying learning disabilities
  • Using prereferral intervention with English Language Learners to reduce inappropriate referrals to special education
  • Instructional aids and "how-to" guides for working with ELL students who are struggling with reading

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