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

Second Edition


April 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


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
References
 
Index

"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

"Each chapter has a consistent focus, with tables and charts consolidating important information that educators can take away."

Zaline M. Roy-Campbell, Associate Professor
Syracuse University

John J. Hoover

John J. Hoover is Associate Research Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and a former K–12 special educator, teaching diverse students representing multiple languages and cultures in western, southwestern, and mid-western states. He earned a BA in Elementary and Special Education (Intellectual Disabilities), an MA in Learning Disabilities and Emotional Disorders with an emphasis in Reading, and a PhD in Curriculum specializing in Special Education. His research agenda for the past two decades has focused on the topic of culturally and linguistically responsive special education referral and assessment of English language and... More About Author

Leonard M. Baca

Leonard M. Baca is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Boulder. He earned an Ed.D. from the University of Northern Colorado and has been a professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1973. He has taught courses in bilingual and bilingual special education and served as the program chair. Professor Baca is founder and Executive Director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education where he has directed and managed millions of dollars in grant funded projects promoting the education of ELs and students with disabilities. He is author or co-author of numerous publications dealing with English learners... More About Author

Janette K. Klingner

Janette K. Klingner was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a PhD in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Miami. Her recently coauthored or coedited books include Teaching Reading Comprehension to Sudents With Learning Difficulties (Guilford Press), Methods for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (Merrill/Prentice Hall), Case Studies in the Social Construction of Disability: Minority Students in Special Education (Teachers College Press), Evidence-Based Practices for Response to Intervention (Brookes), and Why Are so Many Minority Students in Special... More About Author

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