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English Language Learners: Day by Day K-6
English Language Learners: Day by Day K-6
By: Christina M. Celic
Heinemann
(2009)

During her experience as an ESL and bilingual teacher, Christina Celic has compiled a number of practical strategies for creating an effective and welcoming learning environment in her classroom. In this guide, she shares hands-on approaches for classroom set-up and management, creating a class profile, determining appropriate homework assignments, and incorporating content learning throughout the classroom and curriculum. The first chapter, focusing on classroom set-up, is available on the publisher website.

English Language Learners: The Essential Guide
English Language Learners: The Essential Guide
By: David Freeman, Yvonne Freeman

This book provides an excellent introduction to English language learners and effective ELL instruction. Topics include: getting to know your students, teaching language through content, and developing academic language. The guide, which refers to a number of specific policy and instruction models throughout the country, also ties strategies to multicultural children's books, and offers suggestions for further reading on a number of topics. English Language Learners: The Essential Guide will serve as a useful tool for school administrators and classroom teachers who are new to ELL instruction as well as to veteran teachers looking for new strategies to support their own methods.

English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy
English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy
By: Kate Menken

Through the lens of New York City schools, this book explores how high-stakes tests mandated by No Child Left Behind have become de facto language policy in U.S. schools, detailing how testing has shaped curriculum and instruction, and the myriad ways that tests are now a defining force in the daily lives of English Language Learners and the educators who serve them.

English Learners: Reaching the Highest Level of English Literacy
English Learners: Reaching the Highest Level of English Literacy
By: Gilbert G. Garcia (Editor)
International Reading Association
(2003)

This book examines three important ELL issues: English reading instruction in an immersion setting, English language development, and cultural issues as they pertain to ELLs in and out of the classroom. Readers will discover new ways of looking at practice in the context of current English literacy instruction for ELLs, suggestions for why we need to examine our current practice, and recommendations for what we can do to change it. The authors emphasize the importance of cultural heritage and celebrate the variety of voices that our ELLs represent.

Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar
Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar
By: David Freeman, Yvonne Freeman
Heinemann

Product Description: When teachers are familiar with basic linguistic concepts, they are better prepared to make decisions about how to teach reading, spelling, phonics, and grammar to all students, including English language learners. In this unique linguistics course-in-a-book, David and Yvonne Freeman explain essential linguistic concepts in a thorough, but manageable manner and show the connections between linguistic theory and classroom practice.

Ethnic Book Awards: A Directory Of Multicultural Literature For Young Readers
Ethnic Book Awards: A Directory Of Multicultural Literature For Young Readers
By: Sherry York
Linworth Publishing
(2005)

This unique and useful directory offers librarians, educators, and students of children's literature a diverse listing of children's and young adult books that have been recognized by culturally-specific awards about Jewish, African-American, Latino, Caribbean, and Asian-American cultures. Part I provides an overview of the awards (such as the Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King Award), and Part II provides an alphabetical list of titles with a brief synopsis and publication information. There is also a topical index and an index of authors, editors, illustrators, and translators.

Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents
Every Child Ready to Read: Literacy Tips for Parents
By: Lee Pesky Learning Center

All parents want their children to read well and to succeed — and experts agree that improving literacy begins at birth. Reading aloud to your child, sharing simple games and wordplay, and developing letter knowledge start your child off on the right foot for school and life. Now the esteemed Lee Pesky Learning Center has created this easy, accessible reference for parents to help foster better literacy skills in children.

Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
Exceptional Learners: Introduction to Special Education
By: Daniel P. Hallahan, James M. Kauffman

Hallahan and Kauffman continue their tradition of presenting the latest trends and issues in this edition with over 400 new reference citations dated 2000 and after. Theory and research is presented in clear and concise language, and practical teaching suggestions are based on sound research. There are good reasons why Hallahan and Kauffman has been the best-selling introductory book in special education for generations of general education and special education teachers. Depth, lucidity, clarity, and coherence combine to make a text appropriate for readers at all levels: graduate and undergraduate, from introductory to advanced. Hallahan and Kauffman bring readers information they can trust. For anyone interested in education, specifically special education and human exceptionality.

Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner
By: Christopher Lee, Rosemary Jackson

Christopher Lee was the author's student at The University of Georgia, and Faking It: A Look Into the Mind of a Creative Learner is the story of his struggle to come to terms with learning disabilities. Using modifications and accommodations and putting in lots of hard work, Christopher graduated in 1990, and this book was published in 1992. Christopher looked forward to graduating because he thought his major struggles with LD would end with school. However, he quickly realized that the world of work offered a whole new array of challenges. He has spent the last eight years reframing his disability into something positive and has learned how to use assistive technology to compensate for problems with reading, writing and spelling in the workplace.

Fluency Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices
Fluency Instruction: Research-Based Best Practices
By: Timothy V. Rasinski, Camille L.Z. Blachowicz , Kristin Lims
The Guilford Press
(2005)

This text brings together experts in the field of fluency research and practice to discuss what is an often-overlooked component skill of reading. The book is divided into three sections. The first offers a very accessible discussion of fluency theory and research, including an introductory chapter on the history of fluency research. The second section of the book, which is devoted to effective fluency teaching, has descriptions of a variety of programs and practices that are based in sound research. The final section discusses fluency instruction with special populations, such as struggling readers and adult English language learners. Filled with useful and practical information, this book is a great resource for any professional library.

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