You are here

Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

Foreword by Jim Cummins

December 2007 | 208 pages | Corwin
Linking constructivism with instruction of English Language Learners, this book provides mainstream, bilingual, and ESL teachers with a hands-on guide to using constructivist teaching methods with students whose first language is not English. Based on sound theory and best instructional practices, Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners provides approaches and strategies that can help to provide educational equity for students who are English Language Learners. This text discusses: Perspectives on second language acquisition and learning Program models for second language learners Instruction Informed by critical pedagogy Examples of constructivist classroom programs
1. Perspectives in Second Language Acquisition and Learning
2. Program Models for English Language Learners
3. Perspectives in Constructivism
4. Constructivist Practice for English Language Learners
5. Perspectives in Critical Pedagogy
6. Constructivist Classroom Connections: The Great Second-Grade Bug Invasion
7. Constructivist Classroom Connections: Intermediate Newcomers Meet the Universal Chicken
8. Constructivist Classroom Connections: Eighth Graders Face a Fence on the Border
9. Toward Critical Constructivist Practice With English Language Learners

"It's refreshing to see the authors address the pedagogy of English language learners within a non-deficit model. Their embrace of the constructivist paradigm and its application as a natural teaching and learning response to the specific needs of ELLs is a unique and remarkable contribution to the theoretical and research-based literature on this topic."

Karen C. Evans, Principal
David Walker Elementary School, Evanston, IL

"Reyes and Vallone invite readers to join them on an exciting journey inside classrooms where knowledgeable, caring, and advocacy-oriented teachers effectively engage English language learners through culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy. This book will be of interest to anyone concerned about the meaningful education of English language learners in an era of conflicting national policies."

Carlos J. Ovando, Professor
Arizona State University

“Packs in details on culturally sensitive instruction methods geared to encourage educational equity, and blends classroom examples and grade-level connections with ideas on second language acquisition and learning.”

California Bookwatch, May 2008
Midwest Book Review

"The authors draw on their research-based experiences with teachers serving ELLs, observing how constructivist strategies can be emplemented, to provide substantial examples and experiences from  different content areas for the strategies they suggest. Incorporating authentic examples from classrooms implementing these programs makes a tremendous contribution to the practical side of this useful book."

Bedrettin Yazan
Wisconsin English Journal, Fall 2011, Volume 53, No. 2

Great book for Theory and Practice of TEaching ESOL students in the school setting. It offers practical information on how to use constructivism with ELLs.

Professor Fidel Tavara
Assessment and Education, Ana G. Mendez University System
August 29, 2012

Sharon Adelman Reyes

Sharon Adelman Reyes is program director for DiversityLearningK12, a consulting and professional development group specializing in the education of English language learners. She holds a Ph.D. in curriculum design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in multicultural and bilingual education. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, she has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, district administrator, college professor, and educational researcher. She has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels and is a recipient of the Kohl International Prize for Exemplary Teaching. Reyes... More About Author

Trina Lynn Vallone

Trina Lynn Vallone-Bastida holds a MA in reading from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois and is a certified Reading Specialist. She has spent several years researching multicultural education and language acquisition. Ms. Vallone has presented at several conferences where she has examined such topics as writer’s workshop, content area reading, working with struggling readers and best practice for English Language Learners. Ms. Vallone taught primary aged children before becoming an Assistant Professor at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Il, where she teaches Methods of Teaching Reading; Cross Cultural Studies and... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781412936873
ISBN: 9781412936866