Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

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Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, 2004 - Education - 285 pages
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This practical, hands-on book provides fifty carefully-chosen strategies to help ELL pupils understand content materials while perfecting their skill at speaking, reading, writing, and listening in English. Each strategy is accompanied by a definition, rationale, and step-by-step implementation instructions; and, all are specifically tied to the most current ELL standards. Included use of currentTeachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL) standards ensures future teachers learn strategies that support TESOL's three goals, nine standards, and three grade-level groupings—supports teachers' documentation of standards-based planning and teaching, as well as monitoring and individualization of instruction for ELL. Organized into five sections which flow easily from theory and planning, through learner involvement and vocabulary building, to increasing comprehension. Numerous strategies in the theoretical overview section, plus suggestions for assessment integrated into many strategies in other sections. Provides a repertoire of non-traditional assessment ideas such as anecdotal records, performance samples, and portfolios. Integrates material on the use of educational technology such as the internet, visual aids, etc. Includes thorough, concise summary of relevant research from Krashen, Cummins, Terrell, Swain, Asher, and others.

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Adrienne Herrell is a professor of reading/language arts at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches classes in early literacy, assessment, and strategies for teaching English language learners. Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, Second Edition, is Dr. Herrell's fifth book for Merrill/Prentice Hall. Her previous books include Camcorder in the Classroom with Joel Fowler; Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners; Reflective Planning, Teaching, and Evaluation: K-12 with Judy Eby and Jim Hicks; and Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Comprehension with Michael Jordan. Dr. Herrell's writing and research are built on her experiences teaching in Florida's public schools for 23 years. She and co-author Dr. Jordan are currently engaged in research in public schools in California, Florida, and Alaska validating the effectiveness of the strategies described in this text.

Michael Jordan is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Coordinator of the Multiple Subject Credential Program (Elementary Credential) at California State University, Fresno. He has taught primary grades through high school in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and California. Dr. Jordan is an actor, education director, and board member of Theatre Three Repertory Company in Fresno and is dedicated to providing children and youth access to live theater. He and Dr. Herrell incorporate many dramatic reenactment strategies in their joint research working with vocabulary and comprehension development in children learning English in Fresno public schools. Fifty Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, Second Edition, is Dr. Jordan's second book for Merrill/Prentice Hall. His previous book is Fifty Active Learning Strategies for Improving Comprehension with Adrienne Herrell. He has published several articles on interactive script writing and vocabulary development to enhance reading comprehension for children.

Drs. Herrell and Jordan serve as educational consultants to a number of school districts across the nation and have presented widely on the subject of reading and comprehension at national and international conferences.

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