Teaching English Language and Content in Mainstream ClassesOne Class, Many Paths
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The ideal resource for helping K-12 classroom teachers integrate content learning and English language learning into their classroom lessons, Teaching English Language and Content in Mainstream Classes presents practical, ready-to-use, research-based principles and strategies in a friendly writing style that clarifies concepts, defines key terms, and offers classroom teachers what they need to accelerate their studentsí academic achievement. With itís emphasis on techniques for developing reading, writing, and speaking skills in the content areas and itís presentation of illustrative teaching vignettes to make the ideas clear, the new edition of this widely popular guide stands out from others on the market as a ďmust haveĒ resource for teachers in todayís diverse classrooms.
Chapter 1 Principles of Integrated Language Teaching and Learning
Activity-Based Language Teaching and Learning Communicative Teaching and Learning
Chapter 2 Language Acquisition and Language Learning in the Classroom
What Do We Know about First Language Acquisition?
What Is the Nature of the First Language Environment?
How Do Acquisition and Learning Differ?
What Are Factors Affecting Language Acquisition in the Classroom?
What Strategies Do ELLs Use to Acquire Languages?
What Are the Characteristics of a Culturally and Linguistically
Appropriate Response to Intervention (RTI) Model?
What Are the Characteristics of an Effective Classroom Environment for ELLs?
What Are the Characteristics of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Tier 1 Instruction for ELLs?
What Are the Characteristics of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Tier 2 Instruction for ELLs?
Chapter 3 Culturally Responsive Instruction: Connecting with Home Culture
Culturally Responsive Instruction
What Are the Features of Culturally Responsive Instruction?
How Do Teachers Connect to The Homes and Families of Their Students?
How Can the School Community Support the Education of English Language Learners?
How Can the Community Outside the School Support the Education of ELLs?
How Does a Culturally Responsive Classroom Connect to Studentsí Cultures, Languages, and Family in an RTI Model?
Chapter 4 Organizing the Classroom for Language Learning
First Things First: Feeling Ready to Learn
Organizing the Physical Environment to Promote Language Learning
Organizing the Classroom Social Environment to Promote Language Learning
English Language Instructional Programs
Organizing Instruction to Promote Language Learning
Chapter 5 Strategies for Oral Language Development
Conditions for Oral Language Learning
Academic Language Learning
Oral Language Development
Stages of Oral Language Development
Teacher Tools for Oral Language Development
Assessing Oral Language Development
Response to Intervention
Chapter 6 Oral Language Development in the Content Classroom
Content Learning and Oral Language Development
Oral Language Development Every Which Way
Listening In While Not Tuning Out
Assessing Listening and Speaking Skills in the Content
Chapter 7 Teaching Vocabulary to English Learners
Why Is learning vocabulary important for English learners?
What Do We Mean When We Speak of Vocabulary? How Many Words Do Students Need to Learn?
What Words Should We Teach?
What Are the characteristics of effective vocabulary instruction?
How Should we provide direct vocabulary instruction?
How Can we help learners develop Their own tools to deal with unknown words independently?
What Are Active Interactive Strategies to Support Vocabulary Development?
How Can we assess vocabulary development of English learners?
Chapter 8 Developing Literacy with English Learners: Focus on Reading
What Is Literacy?
What Is Unique About English Language Learners
Who Are Developing Literacy?
The Language/Literacy Matrix
What Tools and Strategies Can We Provide to Help ELLs
Issues in Literacy Development with Older English Learners 194
Assessing ELL Literacy Development 199
Chapter 9 Developing Literacy with English Learners: Focus on Writing
Why Teach Writing with English Learners?
How Does Writing Develop to ELLs?
Connecting Writing to Active, Communicative Language Teaching and Learning
Challenges of Teaching Writing to English Learners
Developing a Writing Environment
Getting Started: Interactive Writing
Scaffolding Learners Through the Writing Process
Issues in Teaching Writing to Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)
Chapter 10 Structuring and Planning Content-Language Integrated Lessons
Lesson Characteristics That Support Learning
A Lesson Format for Integrated Learning
Into the Lesson: Defining Objectives, Activating, and Preparing for Learning
Through the Lesson: Input for Active Understanding, Vocabulary Development, and Practical Purpose
Beyond the Lesson: Providing Reasons for Further Communication
Response to Intervention
Chapter 11 Assessment Tools for the Integrated Classroom
What Is Assessment?
What Are the Fundamental Principles of Classroom-BasedAssessment for ELLs?
What Are the Critical Factors Affecting the Assessment of ELLs
What Are Examples of Authentic, Performance-Based Classroom Assessment?
How Do Standards Affect Classroom Assessment?
Assessment for ELLs in an RTI Organizational Model
Chapter 12 Putting It All Together Thematically: Developing Content-Based Thematic Units
What Is Thematic Instruction?
Why Teach Thematically?
How Are Thematic Units Structured?
What About Standards in a Thematic Unit?
Organizing Content Curriculum in a Thematic Unit
Organizing Language Curriculum in a Thematic Unit
How Can Learning Strategies Be Incorporated into Thematic Instruction?
A Last Word
Teachers see how principles and strategies are integrated into daily multilingual classroom instruction through classroom teaching vignettes in chapters 2-12.
The challenges of teaching beginning reading to older learners are addressed in expanded sections on reading and writing development of students with interrupted formal education (SIFE).
How to teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing skill development is made clear in the description of a content-learning context that shows teachers how to integrate language instruction throughout the classroom curriculum.
Teachers get multiple ideas for further learning on every topic in the book, while students get additional help for reinforcing the concepts through Questions for Reflection, Suggested Readings, and Learning Activities that appear in every chapter.
The integration of content instruction, language instruction, and learning strategies is demonstrated in two integrated content-based thematic units available on lineĖone written at the elementary level and the other geared to secondary grades.
Linda New Levine is a consultant for ESL and EFL programs for school-age children. She has assisted in the development of English language programs for successful academic content learning in countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and for school districts and professional organizations within the U.S. In addition, she works with mainstream classroom teachers for differentiation of teaching and learning in the content areas and for the development of literacy for ELLs in English language classrooms K through 12.
Dr. Levine has worked as an ESL teacher and a staff development facilitator in the Bedford, New York school district, and as an assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She has taught EFL in the Philippines with the Peace Corps and in the Peopleís Republic of China as a Fulbright professor. In addition, she has worked with faculties and ministries of education in Egypt to implement English as a Foreign Language programs in elementary schools throughout the country and to improve the supervisory skills of school supervisors. As part of a design team for USAID, Dr. Levine evaluated language programs in Egypt and designed a format for future funding in that region. She currently consults for the Center for Applied Linguistics.
Dr. Levine was the Homeroom columnist for TESOLís Essential Teacher and the author of the Teacherís Edition to the Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Content Areas (2nd Ed.). Her publications include Helping English Language Learners Succeed in Pre-K-Elementary schools (2006) with Jan Lacina and Patience Sowa (TESOL International). Dr. Levine holds a Masters in TESOL and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from New York University.
Mary Lou McCloskey, former President of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is Director of Teacher Education and Curriculum Development for Educo in Atlanta. As a consultant and author in the field of English language education, she has worked with teachers, teacher educators, and departments and ministries of education on 5 continents and in 35 of the 50 United States.
Dr. McCloskey has taught in undergraduate and graduate programs at Emory University, Georgia State University, and the University of Memphis. Author and co-author of many journal articles, chapters, and professional texts for educators (including American Themes (2012). Integrating English (1988), Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the Primary School (2006), and Leadership Skills for English Language Educators (2007), she has also developed six programs for English learners, including On Our Way to English (2010); Visions: Language, Literature, Content; Voices in Literature (2008); Teaching Language, Literature and Culture (1995); and was consulting author and ESOL specialist for the 2008 McDougal Littell Language Arts, Grades 5-12 (2008). During the summer, Dr. McCloskey works as a teacher educator in the Teaching Tolerance Through English program conducted for middle school teachers and learners from countries throughout Central Europe by the US Embassies in the region.
Dr. McCloskey, who holds an MS degree from Syracuse University and a PhD from Georgia State University, considers her most important qualification her years of experience with English learners from many cultures, at levels from preschool through graduate education.