Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners

Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners

By: Jane Hill, Kirsten Miller

Publication date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4166-1630-6

English-language learners (ELLs) have specific learning needs and challenges that require a specialized approach.

The nine evidence-based teaching strategies introduced in our best-selling book, Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW), are applied to the stages of language acquisition in this comprehensive instructional guide, making it easier to work with all students at any stage of language proficiency or grade level. Ensure that your instruction aligns to higher-order thinking skills and apply a template that helps you select academic language that encourages productive discussions among your ELL students.

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Now you can use the framework from our best-selling book, Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW), to improve instruction for your students who are English language learners (ELLs). This comprehensive instructional guide for mainstream teachers of ELL students includes teaching tips with each strategy to make it easier to work with all students, no matter what their stage of language proficiency. Strengthen your instructional planning and learn when to use research-based instructional strategies with ELL students at every grade level. The tools and steps will help you effectively align your instruction of second-language learners to the higher-order thinking skills. Use the provided template to help you select key vocabulary and grammar to design instruction that helps students engage in productive academic discussions.

No matter their level of proficiency in the English language, this book provides the guidance to help all students excel in the classroom.

Pages: 179
Language: English
Publisher: ASCD, McREL International
Edition: Second
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Jane Hill

As a managing consultant for McREL, Jane Hill consults and trains teachers and administrators nationally and internationally, delivering professional development to ESL teachers, and writing instructional guides for schools with a low incidence of English learners. Prior to joining McREL, she worked as a speech/language specialist focusing on bilingual special education, directed a two-way language school, and served as a district office director for second language acquisition and special education. She has worked in the areas of second language acquisition and special education for more than 35 years.

Education: M.S. Communication Disorders, Colorado State University; B.A. Theater Arts/Speech Simpson College

Kirsten Miller

Kirsten Miller, communications manager, REL Pacific at McREL International, has 16 years of experience in REL and federal contract communications and dissemination, which includes oversight of the REL Pacific website, development and dissemination of marketing materials such as brochures and infographics, event and conference planning, and presentation planning and delivery. She is a coauthor of the IES publications, Program Monitoring: The Role of Leadership in Planning, Assessment, and Communication and the Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and the Community as Partners in Education, and has published a wide range of articles in publications including Educational Leadership, Principals Research Review, ASCD Express, and Phi Delta Kappan.

Education: B.A. English Literature, Southern Utah University

The Classroom Instruction That Works (CITW) book series is one of the most widely used resources for increasing student achievement for good reason: Each book provides evidence-based insights from rigorous research to strengthen teachers’ instructional planning and delivery. Through these books, you’ll understand why and how McREL’s nine categories of instruction work, and learn to effectively use them in specific situations, including with English language learners and with classroom technology. You’ll see how these methods connect directly to students gaining key 21st-century skills. Learn how to design lessons and teaching techniques that will work best in your classroom to heighten engagement and deepen understanding with your students. A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works offers guidance, rubrics, checklists, templates, tools, protocols, and tips to help you easily apply the various CITW teaching strategies in specific situations and with various tasks. Make your classroom the paradigm for CITW!