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Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12
A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areas

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October 2012 | 184 pages | Corwin
English Language Learners are no longer confined to just a few states, but can be found in just about every classroom. Without strong reading skills, ELLs cannot develop to their fullest potential and are at greater risk for dropping out of school. Many ELLs don't fully develop their literacy skills in the elementary grades or begin their schooling in middle or high school. And most mainstream teachers may not have the training and preparation to teach language minority students. This resource provides assistance to teachers who struggle with the question of how to appropriately present complex subject matter to students who are just learning to speak English. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation and the US Department of Education, Margarita Calder=n and her associates developed the ExCELL (Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners) model. From this successful program they created the ExC-ELL Observation Protocolùa tool for planning content lessons; coaching for literacy coaches not familiar with ELL instruction; supervision by administrators; teacher self-reflection; peer coaching; and conducting classroom research. This practical guide is full of ready-to-use tools, including:Lesson templatesRubricsSample lesson plans in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studiesDescriptions of successful programsProfessional development designsThis book is designed for middleáand high school teachers of English, science, math, and social studies who teach one or more ELL students. Middle and high school principals, literacy coaches, content curriculum specialists, and central office administrators will find this to be a useful tool in raising the achievement of ELLs.
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1. Introduction: The ExC-ELL Model--Literacy and English Language Learners
2. Planning Lessons Using a Research-Based Design
3. Vocabulary Development: The Foundation for Reading in the Content Areas
4. Teaching Reading Comprehension and Content
5. Reading, Writing, and Speaking in Mathematics
6. Reading, Writing, and Speaking in Science
7. Teaching the Art in Language Arts
8. A Vignette of Social Studies Teachers Developing and Implementing a Lesson
9. Setting the Context for Teachers to Succeed: Professional Development for Teaching Content Area Literacy to ELLs
10. New Directions in Coaching and Classroom Observation

"ExC-ELL is about dispelling myths regarding what ELL students can and cannot do. It's also about supporting teachers in the delivery of the high quality, rigorous instruction all students deserve. This book should be in the hands of every middle and high school teacher, serving not just ELL students, but all students who need help increasing their speaking, reading and writing skills."

Jane Escobedo, Director, English Language Learner Services
Sonoma County Office of Education, Santa Rosa, CA

"Provides a model for comprehensive literacy instruction to enhance students' vocabulary and reading comprehension while gaining and consolidating critical content knowledge in the areas of math, science, language arts and social studies. This outstanding book will prove useful to anyone who is working with English Language Learners in the intermediate grades through high school."

Rebecca S. Donaldson, Reading First Director
Utah State Office of Education

"A welcome addition in providing the high-quality educational experiences students need in order to master a new language and open the doors to the world of opportunity that awaits them."

Dawn Billings, Partner
School Synergy

"A fabulous book that covers everything teachers need to know about teaching reading to ELLs. Contains tons of information that readers can use right away."

Arlene Mylinski, ESL Teacher
Buffalo Grove High School, IL

"For ELL students to succeed academically, effective teaching strategies and best practices must be demonstrated in the classroom. This book provides a systematic and detailed map for helping to ensure success for all students."

Daniel S. Hamada, Superintendent
Kauai Complex Area, HI

"Offers numerous strategies for building background knowledge and making content comprehensible. Rich with graphic organizers, a glossary, and other tools for teachers."

Nadia Mykysey, Adjunct Faculty
Temple University

"The best synthesis of reading strategies for secondary ELLs that I've seen. There is something for everyone in this book, from novice teachers to veterans. Doesn’t add to teachers' workloads, but instead replaces ineffective strategies with successful ones."

Neal A. Glasgow, Teacher and Author
San Dieguito Academy, Encinitas, CA

"What a welcome addition to the middle and high school instructional program. The ten lesson components work interactively to facilitate students' comprehension, which leads to their academic success across the content areas. Now every teacher can have the tools to become an effective language teacher!"

Margo Gottlieb, Director of Assessment and Evaluation
Illinois Resource Center

Margarita Espino Calderon

Dr. Margarita Espino Calderón is Professor Emerita/Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on numerous research and development projects focusing on reading for English learners funded by the U.S.D.O.E Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Labor, and collaborated with Harvard and the Center for Applied Linguistics on a longitudinal study funded by the NICHD. The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded her five-year empirical study to develop Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL), a comprehensive professional development model for math, science, social studies,... More About Author

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