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English Language Learners in Your Classroom

English Language Learners in Your Classroom
Strategies That Work

Third Edition

December 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin
Thoroughly revised and updated, the third edition of Teaching English Language Learners: Strategies for the Classroom serves as an authoritative reference for teachers facing an increasingly diverse school population. Based on the best-selling Children with Limited English: Teaching Strategies for the Regular Classroom, Second Edition, this revised edition offers preservice and inservice teachers additional teaching strategies for building literacy, increased visuals and activities throughout the text, and new connections to current research. The authors offer a new chapter on literacy skills with specific resources for reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities and a reinvigorated chapter on integrating current technology in the classroom with suggestions for online resources.

Additional aids for instructors include:

-A guided daily lesson plan format that includes adaptations for English language learners

-New methods for assessing students

-A description of language proficiency levels

-Guidelines for creating a comfortable classroom environment

-A wealth of tables, charts, and checklists to help guide instruction and assessment

Providing teachers the survival skills necessary to meet the challenges of English Language Learners in the regular classroom, this text will also be a useful reference for curriculum specialists, teacher mentors, and administrators.

About the Authors
1. Getting to Know the Student
Sensitivity to Cultural and Linguistic Differences

Identifying Terms

Relationships Are Everything

Understand the Student's World

Explore the Student's Family Background

Pay Attention to Social and Cultural Customs

Suggested Activities

2. Establishing a Comfortable Environment
Welcome Students to Your Room

Select Display Materials

Establish Routines

Create a Community of Learners

Foster Classroom Involvement

Celebrate Diversity

Open Doors to Families

Suggested Activities

3. Understanding Second-Language Development
Second-Language Principles

Language Processes

Developing Proficiency

Assessing Fluency Levels

High-Stakes Testing

First- to Second-Language Learning

Suggested Activities

4. Strategies for Teaching
Motivate Students to Learn

Structure Language Delivery

Scaffold (Support) Instruction

Use Research-Based Strategies to Improve Achievement

Address Learning Styles

Incorporate Multiple Intelligences

Use Multisensory Activities to Engage Students

Suggested Activities

5. Building Literacy
Writing Skills

Reading Skills

Speaking Skills

Listening Skills

Structured Communication Activities

Responsive Instruction

Have Fun

Suggested Activities

6. Using Strategies Borrowed From Language Instruction
Learning From Foreign Language Instruction

Applying Strategies Used by English Language Teachers

Brain-Compatible Second-Language Acquisition

Summary of Strategies Adapted From Teaching Second Languages

Suggested Activities

7. Integrating Technology


Audio Recording

Video Recording

Computer Technology

Online Resources for Teachers

Promoting Critical Thinking

Benefits of Using Technology With English Learners

Suggested Activities

8. Involving Others
Peer Instruction

Team Teaching

School Personnel

Cross-Age Tutoring

Parents and Families

Intergenerational Tutoring

Community Resources

Cultural Exchange Programs

Language for All

Suggested Activities

9. Putting It All Together
Classroom Implications of Brain Research

Planning Instruction and Assessment

A Lesson Plan Format

The Power of Language

Suggested Activities


"Supplies the teacher who is new to working with English language learners with a repertoire of strategies and resources sufficient to begin immediate, positive interventions in the classroom. The text establishes best practices in English language teaching within the context of current educational research and relates them to best practices for all."

Holly A. Hitchcock, English Language Teacher
Wydown Middle School, Clayton, MO

"This book gives lots of information in a simple, easy-to-access format."

Noni Mendoza Ries, Chair of Educational Leadership
San Jose State University

"This is just the kind of book I need to answer the many questions that I have about how to work with my English language learners. I really like the hands-on suggestions, and I can use many of the strategies in the book almost every day. The anecdotes, examples, and stories help make the theoretical concepts concrete for me."

Brenna Godsey, Science Teacher
Canyon High School, Anaheim, CA

"I have been looking for useful resources to help me better meet the needs of my EL students in my English classes. Reading this book has really helped me feel good about what I am doing with my students. I realize now that the ways I have been teaching are not just effective because they work for me; there is research to support what I have been doing."

John Meulmester, English Department Chairman
Cerro Villa Middle School, Villa Park, CA

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 3

Ellen Kottler

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English... More About Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prolific authors in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, and education, having written more than 90 books about a wide range of subjects. He has authored a dozen texts for counselors and therapists that are used in universities around the world and a dozen books each for practicing therapists and educators. Some of his most highly regarded works include Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Divine... More About Author

Christopher P. Street

Chris Street, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Secondary Education at California State University, Fullerton. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his M.A. from California State University, San Diego and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris has taught English language learners at both the middle-school and college levels. He currently serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Content Area Reading and is a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project. His research interests include adolescent literacy and the teaching of reading and writing. His work has... More About Author

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