50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, 6th Edition

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50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners, 6th Edition

By Adrienne Herrell, Michael Jordan
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Appropriate for courses in ESL Methods.

A practical, go-to resource for classroom strategies aligned to TESOL standards

50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners includes an assortment of practical strategies aligned to TESOL standards, which have been field-tested in diverse classrooms. Each strategy includes a brief explanation, step-by-step instructions on how to plan and use the strategy, and classroom scenarios demonstrating how the strategy can be adapted for different grade levels and content areas. The authors have included additional strategies in language and literacy development, technology, and assessment to support both pre- and in-service teachers.

The 6th Edition presents a major focus in identifying and teaching students at their language development level. Included are a new chapter addressing the choice and use of technology strategies based on students’ unique needs, additional adaptation charts, and expanded teacher self-evaluation rubrics.
  • 50 ready-to-use strategies give pre- and in-service teachers practical guidance to effectively teach the English language learners in their classrooms.
  • Strategies are diverse and cover a wide variety of skill areas.
  • Teachers see how to effectively sequence approaches to support learning through the organisation of the strategies. Assessment strategies are included in the theoretical overview section and in many of the individual strategy chapters.
  • Technology strategies are now included in a new standalone chapter to help readers identify the best choices for — and appropriate uses of — technology to support their students’ learning.
  • Additional self-evaluation rubrics are included throughout this new edition to support teachers in ensuring that they are fully implementing exemplary strategies. The rubrics also provide ideas for improving teacher implementations.
  • Expanded adaptation charts provide concrete ideas for teachers to match their teaching strategies to the language levels of their students.
  • Strategies that reflect academic standards help teachers in preparing students to meet state standards while developing both social and academic English.
  • Close Reading that supports students in reading and rereading text to gain information and also to gain perspective on the authors’ point of view and the use of language to present an image or point of view.
  • Verb Action that approaches the understanding of irregular English verbs through active learning and the combination of action, speaking, and writing.
  • Checking for Understanding which provides approaches the teacher can employ to closely monitor students’ comprehension of the material being presented in the classroom.
  • Cognates that present ways to capture the knowledge of vocabulary that students possess in their native language and help them to understand the connections to English words.
  • Response to Intervention (RTI) for English Learners which provides an approach currently in use in exceptional education for use in monitoring and documenting growth in English learners.
  • Combining and Scheduling Strategies that provide suggestions for using exemplary teaching strategies in combination as well as grouping and scheduling approaches to provide the time and opportunities to make sure English learners can be successful.
Table of contents
  • Predictable Routines and Signals: Reducing Anxiety
  • Total Physical Response and Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPR and TPRS): Integrating Movement into Language Acquisition
  • Modeled Talk: Demonstrating as You Talk 
  • Visual Scaffolding: Providing Language Support through Visual Images
  • Realia Strategies: Connecting Language Acquisition to the Real World 
  • Vocabulary Role-Play: Building Vocabulary through Dramatization 
  • Collecting and Processing Words: Making Vocabulary Your Own 
  • Manipulatives Strategies: Using Objects to Connect Concepts 
  • Choosing Technology Based on Student Needs: Advancing Progress in English Language and Content Learning
  • Moving into Reading: Using Multiple Strategies to Foster Comprehension 
  • Close Reading: Engaging with Text to Improve Reading Comprehension 
  • Repeated Reading: Using Script Writing and Reader’s Theater 
  • Scaffolding English Writing: Matching Instruction to Language Development 
  • Reporting Back: Verbal Practice in Curriculum Connections 
  • Leveled Questions: Adjusting Questioning Strategies to the Language Levels of Students 
  • Bilingual Books and Labels: Supporting Biliteracy Awareness 
  • Sorting Activities: Organizing Information into Categories 
  • Cloze: Using Context to Create Meaning 
  • Verb Action: Teaching Irregular Verbs through Experience 
  • Syntax Surgery: Visually Manipulating English Grammar 
  • Checking for Understanding: Using Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction 
  • Learning Centers: Extending Learning through Hands-On Practice 
  • Communication Games: Creating Opportunities for Verbal Interaction 
  • Cognate Strategies: Using the Home Language to Support English Acquisition 
  • RTI for English Language Learners: Documenting and Monitoring Student Progress and the Effectiveness of Intervention 
  • Preview/Review: Building Vocabulary and Concepts to Support Understanding 
  • Story Reenactment: Making Stories Come to Life! 
  • Repetition and Innovation: Exploring a Book to Deepen Comprehension 
  • Language Focus Lessons: Supporting English Vocabulary and Structure Acquisition 
  • Graphic Organizers: Visually Representing Ideas, Text, and Connections 
  • Advance Organizers: Getting the Mind in Gear for Instruction 
  • Guided Reading: Providing Individual Support within a Group Setting 
  • Cohesion Links: Understanding the Glue That Holds Paragraphs Together 
  • Language Framework Planning: Supporting Academic Language and Content Acquisition 
  • Free Voluntary Reading: Nothing Helps Reading Like Reading 
  • Culture Studies: Learning Research Skills and Valuing Home Cultures in One Project 
  • Microselection: Finding Key Words and Main Ideas 
  • Read, Pair, Share: Working with a Partner to Negotiate Meaning 
  • Attribute Charting: Organizing Information to Support Understanding 
  • Integrated Curriculum Projects: Using Authentic Projects to Integrate Content Knowledge 
  • KWL and Data Charts: Researching and Organizing Information 
  • Collaborative Reading: What to Do When They Can’t Read the Textbook 
  • Cooperative Learning: Group Interactions to Accomplish Goals 
  • Learning Strategy Instruction: Acquiring Self-Help Skills 
  • Multiple Intelligences Strategies: Teaching and Testing to Student-Preferred Learning Modes 
  • Multimedia Presentations: Oral Reports for the New Millennium 
  • Small Groups and Partners: Interactions to Enhance Instruction 
  • GIST: Exploring Tough Text 
  • Tutorials: Closing the Achievement Gap 
  • Combining and Scheduling Strategies: Supporting Learning through Differentiation