Summarizing current research and weaving it into practical instructional strategies that teachers can immediately use with young English language learners (ELLs), this book addresses a major priority for today's primary-grade classrooms. All aspects of effective instruction for ELLs are explored: oral language development and instruction, materials, word study, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, and home-school connections. Assessment is discussed throughout, and is also covered in a separate chapter. The volume is packed with realistic examples, lesson planning ideas, book lists, online resources, and reproducibles. Discussion and reflection questions enhance its utility as a professional development tool or course text.
About the Author
Diane M. Barone, EdD, is Professor of Literacy at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in literacy and qualitative research methods and conducts research on young children’s literacy development and instruction in high-poverty schools. She has directed two longitudinal studies of literacy development: a 4-year study of children prenatally exposed to crack/cocaine, and a 7-year study of children, predominantly English language learners, in a high-poverty school. Dr. Barone has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as several books. She served as Editor of Reading Research Quarterly for 8 years and is currently a board member of the International Reading Association. In addition, Dr. Barone is the principal investigator of the Reading First grant in Nevada.
Shelley Hong Xu, EdD, is Professor of Teacher Education at the California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches literacy courses in a graduate reading program and a teaching credential program. She previously taught English as a foreign language and as a second language. Dr. Xu’s research includes preparing teachers for teaching English language learners and integrating multimedia texts into literacy curriculum. Dr. Xu has published articles and book chapters and is the coauthor of two previous books.
Table of Contents
1. Creating Classrooms to Engage Learners
2. Working with Families
4. Oral Language Development and Instruction
5. Encouraging All Students to Become Writers
6. Instructional Materials Supportive of Student Learning
7. Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary
8. Engaging English Language Learners in the Comprehension Process
9. Visits to Classrooms and Schools
Primary-grade teachers, literacy specialists and coaches, and teacher educators and students. May serve as a primary or supplemental text in such courses as Teaching ELLs in the Primary Grades and Early Literacy Methods.