The Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide eBook, 6th Edition

Lynne Diaz-Rico

The Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide eBook, 6th Edition

By Lynne Diaz-Rico
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For courses in ESL Methods.



This widely popular guide provides numerous ready-to-use strategies and ideas based on best practices to link culture and language to school success. The book focuses on helping the millions of English learners nationwide who need instruction that develops their English-language proficiency while they acquire the content knowledge needed to succeed in today’s standards-based environment. Readers get a practical look at cultural values and beliefs that impact schooling.


The title combines theories of culture with theories of language acquisition to provide a powerful set of teaching techniques for content areas and English language arts. Also included are special education adaptations for English learners to give teachers and administrators additional back-up support for complex educational challenges.

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  • A wealth of specific strategies and classroom examples that clearly demonstrate how culture and language are tied together and applied to educational practice.
  • Classroom glimpses present instructional techniques designed for English learners from preschool to high school.
  • Bonus features discuss the extra efforts needed to re-engage, re-motivate, and re-direct long-term English learners towards educational success.
  • Applications for mobile learning show how to take learning to the next step with students by using cell phones and handheld devices to practice spelling, pronunciation, and grammar by playing learning games on their devices. (Ch. 4)
  • Coverage of Common Core Standards keeps teachers up to date with contemporary issues in assessment and its impact on instruction. (Ch. 7)
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies help teachers set up a flexible, effective RTI instructional environment that affects second-language learners in important ways. (Ch. 12)
  • Interventions for autistic English learners helps teachers acquire a repertoire of strategies for increasing the effectiveness of classroom instruction for this rapidly growing population of learners. (Ch. 12)
  • Coverage of equity issues for undocumented immigrants gives educators timely information on the schooling issues affecting children of this population. (Ch. 11)
  • A new chapter on family-school communication includes a unique approach to community involvement—highlighting the role of the heritage language in motivating family support to ensure the academic success of English learners and other culturally and linguistically diverse students. (Ch. 9)
Table of contents
  • PART ONE   Learning: Learning about the Learner, Language Structure, and Second-Language Acquisition
  • CHAPTER 1   Learning about the Language Learner
  • CHAPTER 2   Learning about Language Structure
  • CHAPTER 3   Learning about Second-Language Acquisition
  • PART TWO   Instruction: Oracy and Literacy for English-Language Development, Content-Area Instruction, and Bilingual Education
  • CHAPTER 4   Oracy and Literacy for English-Language Development
  • CHAPTER 5   Content-Area Instruction
  • CHAPTER 6   Theories and Methods of Bilingual Education
  • PART THREE    Assessment
  • CHAPTER 7   Language and Content-Area Assessment
  • PART FOUR  Cultural Diversity in the United States: Cultural Diversity in the United States, Culturally Responsive Schooling, and the Role of Family in Schools
  • CHAPTER 8   Cultural Diversity
  • CHAPTER 9   Culturally Responsive Schooling
  • CHAPTER 10   The Role of the Family in Schools
  • PART FIVE    Policy: Language Policy and Special Populations of English Learners
  • CHAPTER 11   The Role of Educators in Language Policy
  • CHAPTER 12   Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners and Special Education