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How the ELL Brain Learns

How the ELL Brain Learns

June 2012 | 288 pages | Corwin
á'This book is one of the best IÆve read on how the brain functions in second language learners and is invaluable for understanding ELLs with learning disabilities.'ùIrma Guadarrama, ProfessorUniversity of Texas-Pan American College of Education 'David Sousa brings together all of the research about the brain to show the process of learning multiple languages and offers ways to implement effective teaching strategies with quality instruction.'ùSharon Latimer, ESL TeacherPlano ISD, TXRaise your ELL success quotient and watch student achievement soar!Teachers are more likely to succeed if they have a deeper understanding of the challenges students face in trying to learn English and course content simultaneously. How the ELL Brain Learns combines current research on how the brain learns language with strategies for teaching English language learners in Kû12 classrooms. Award-winning author and brain research expert David A. Sousa describes the linguistic reorganization needed to acquire another language after the age of 5 years. He supplements this information with immediately applicable tools, including: A self-assessment pretest for gauging your understanding of how the brain learns languagesReady-to-use brain-compatible strategies for teaching English learners across the curriculum An entire chapter about how to detect English language learning problems, with sections on the social, cultural, and physical causesEach chapter features teaching tips that translate the research into step-by-step classroom applications. Also included are intervention strategies to use with struggling ELLs, including methods for working with older students.
List of Teaching Tips
About the Author
Who are English Language Learners?

About This Book

What Do You Already Know?

1. Learning the First Language(s)
Spoken Language Comes Naturally

Structure of Language

Levels of Language Comprehension

Learning Two First Languages

What's Coming

Key Points to Ponder

2. Learning a New Language (English) Later
The Challenge of Acquiring a New Language Later

Learning English Is Not Easy

What’s Coming

Key Points to Ponder

3. Teaching English Language Listening and Speaking
Searching for the Best Model



What's Coming

Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder

4. Teaching English Language Reading and Writing


What's Coming

Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder

5. Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies
The Language Components of Learning Content in English

Teaching English Language Arts to ELLs

Teaching Social Studies to ELLs

What’s Coming

Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder

6. Teaching Mathematics and Science
Teaching Mathematics to ELLs

Teaching Science to ELLs

What’s Coming

Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder

7. Recognizing and Addressing Problems in Learning English
Learning Problem or Learning Disability?

Helping ELLs With Learning Disabilities

What’s Coming

Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder

8. Putting It All Together
The Diversity of English Language Learners

Misconceptions About ELLs and English Language Acquisition

Basic Components for ELL Instruction

Gifted and Talented ELLs


Teaching Tips

Key Points to Ponder


"This book puts all of the research about the brain together to show what is happening during the process of learning multiple languages. It is very informative in showing how to implement effective teaching strategies with quality instruction."

Sharon Latimer, ESL Teacher
Plano ISD, TX

"This book is one of the best I’ve read on how the brain functions in second language learners, and is invaluable for learning about ELLs with learning disabilities."

Irma Guadarrama, Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of Texas Pan American

"David Sousa's books serve as manuals for the application of empirically-validated strategies, meeting the needs of hopeful teachers and parents alike in almost any instructional context: home-school, classroom, or higher education. I would be excited to use this text with my students who are unfamiliar with the issues involved in reaching ELL students in the classroom."

Gita Upreti, Assistant Professor of Special Education
University of Texas, El Paso
Education Review, 14, June 2011

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Chapter 1: Learning the First Language(s)

David Anthony Sousa

David A. Sousa, EdD, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been... More About Author

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