Strategies for Teaching English Learners

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Referred to by readers as “the greatest language book I have every read,” and touted as the best overview of basic principles and strategies for English language teaching, this widely used guide is a one-stop introduction to teaching English to speakers of other languages. In Strategies for Teaching English Learners, readers get a concise, yet comprehensible overview of the basic principles, practices and methods for educating English learners. A breakthrough in language teaching and learning, this thought-provoking text includes coverage of second-language-acquisition issues and techniques, as well as attention to such controversial topics as the influence of culture on schooling, the cultural practices of schooling, and the sociopolitical context of education.

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Referred to by readers as “the greatest language book I have every read,” and touted as the best overview of basic principles and strategies for English language teaching, this widely used guide is a one-stop introduction to teaching English to speakers of other languages.

 

Written in Dìaz-Rico's passionate style, the third edition of this highly praised introduction to teaching English to speakers of other languages continues to provide a concise, yet comprehensible overview of the basic principles, practices, and methods most effective for educating English learners. A breakthrough in language teaching and learning, this thought-provoking text includes coverage of second-language-acquisition issues and techniques, as well as attention to such controversial topics as the influence of culture on schooling, the cultural practices of schooling, and the sociopolitical context of education. In it readers have access to the latest developments in standards-based learning and assessment that inform the design of instruction and get a variety of new features in this thoroughly updated edition, including:

 

a description of the unique contributions of non-native-English-speaking teachers make to the teaching of English

  • up-to-date information on the demographics of English learners and the demand for English teachers worldwide
  • a profile of an elementary school with an innovative social-justice curriculum approach
  • suggestions for using learning centers in English-as-a-foreign-language elementary classrooms
  • an expanded definition of culture to include a contemporary emphasis on identity
  • a critical view on the study of gender and race in the classroom
  • new ways to incorporate volunteers into classroom instruction
  • ideas for encouraging “virtual volunteering”

 

In addition, project based learning and service learning are creatively combined to offer a variety of ways to link English learners with the larger community. 

About the Author:

Lynne Díaz-Rico is Professor of Education at California State University, San Bernardino where she coordinates the M. A. in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program and offers courses for California’s teacher preparation programs. Her books, A Course For Teaching English Learnersand The Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Handbook (now in its fourth edition) are widely used in programs of teacher education to prepare teachers for multiethnic and linguistically diverse classrooms. Her research interests are in intercultural communication, classroom discourse, and innovative English-language-acquisition pedagogy.  She is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences, and has served as President of California TESOL (CATESOL).

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