For Parents and Professionals
Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges from Language Proficiency to Academic Achievement
This comprehensive treatment of ELL assessment highlights the intricate relationship between English language proficiency and content area learning. The author provides detailed information on how teachers can integrate academic language instruction into the content area classroom in order to enhance students' learning and support effective assessment. The book includes excellent discussions of performance-based assessment; student self-assessment; standardized testing; and classroom-based language, literacy, and content assessment. Teachers will also find a large selection of rubrics, checklists, and other tools that they can use in their own classrooms.
Assessment and Accountability in Language Education Programs: A Guide for Administrators and Teachers
Gottlieb and Nguyen have created an excellent guide to developing a comprehensive assessment framework that can be used across a wide variety of language education programs. They begin by describing how they developed what they refer to as the Balanced Assessment and Accountability System, Inclusive and Comprehensive (BASIC) and successfully implemented it in a large suburban school district in Illinois. Their goal was to design an assessment model that would meet external demands, such as those imposed by No Child Left Behind, while at the same time meeting classroom teachers' need for ongoing, curriculum-based assessment. The book includes worksheets to guide teachers and administrators through the process of developing an assessment framework, as well as chapters on how to use assessment data to inform decision making in dual language and bilingual classrooms.
Attention, Memory, and Executive Function
This book reveals how the authors' findings from their research in psychology, neuropsychology, special education, and medicine can help clinicians assess and remediate reading and attention disorders. Valuable directions for future research are also offered.
Authentic Assessment for English Language Learners: Practical Approaches for Teachers
This classic text by O'Malley and Valdez Pierce is an excellent resource for teachers who are interested in designing meaningful, instructionally-relevant assessments for their English language learners. The authors provide step-by-step instructions for using such tasks as oral interviews, portfolios, classroom demonstrations, and writing samples as valid and reliable assessments of reading, oral language development, writing, and content area learning. The text also includes 50 reproducible pages with checklists, rubrics, and other forms that may be photocopied for classroom use.
Beginning Literacy With Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School
In this exciting new book, you'll travel into the homes and schools of over 70 young children from diverse backgrounds and observe parent-child and teacher-child interactions. Through research gathered in the Home School Study of Language and Literacy Development, the authors share with you the relationship they've found between these critical, early interactions and children's kindergarten language and literacy skills.
Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print
Beginning to Read reconciles the debate that has divided theorists for decades over the "right" way to help children learn to read. Drawing on a rich array of research on the nature and development of reading proficiency, Adams shows educators that they need not remain trapped in the phonics versus teaching-for-meaning dilemma.
Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children
Best Friends, Worst Enemies brings to life the drama of childhood relationships, guiding parents to a deeper understanding of the motives and meanings of social behavior. Here you will find penetrating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity, how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment, whether all kids need a best friend, why cliques form and what you can do about them.
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
Recent school reform efforts have emphasized the need for higher literacy standards in schools across the country. Offering practical guidance for literacy educators, curriculum development specialists, and other education professionals and policy makers, this volume considers how we can most effectively improve the quality and content of reading and writing instruction.
Between Worlds, Third Edition: Access to Second Language Acquisition
In the third edition of this title by ELL experts David E. and Yvonne S. Freeman, the authors present the most up-to-date research from the field regarding second language acquisition and best practices for ELLs in a format that is accessible and easy to use. Topics include in-depth case studies of students, as well as theories of language acquisition, bilingual education, reading instruction, academic language, and how a school's cultural orientation impacts student language learning. Each chapter also presents discussion questions, classroom examples, and teacher reflections. Related video clips, professional development resources, and the first chapter of the book are available through the Heinemann website.
Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development
The first five years of a child's life are the most critical for speech and language development, and, as a parent, you are your child's primary language role model. So what are the best ways to help your child develop the all-important skill of communication? Inside, you'll discover all of the essential steps and checkpoints from birth through age five, tips to help your child progress on schedule, and easy methods to:
- Evaluate and monitor your child's language development
- Understand and deal with environmental impacts such as television and cultural styles
- Recognize the signs of language development problems
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