The ELT book of the week for the eighth issue of ELTWeekly is:
Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach
by Douglas Fisher
From the Back Cover
Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach to Language Development, 1/e Doug Fisher and Carol Rothenberg
Are you looking for a methods book to facilitate literacy and academic development in your K-12 classroom? Building on a solid foundation in language acquisition and learning theory, this text will show you how to examine your own practice and design lessons that consider the individual needs of English language learners and accelerate their achievement.
This text is designed to help your students develop proficiency in both everyday and academic English while developing listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. It also serves as a great guide for promoting high-level, high-quality, and high-expectation instruction with respect to language, literacy development, and academic achievement for all of your students.
Features of this text:
- Constructed from a strong research base, each chapter highlights specific research topics to provide you with practical ideas in applying this research to your own practices.
- Accessing Prior Knowledge Activities allow you to engage your own background knowledge in visualizing, brainstorming, previewing, reflecting, and observing to help you get the most from each chapter.
- Spotlight on Instruction features visit classrooms of effective teachers of English language learners providing an authentic context as you learn.
- Application to Practice case studies build upon one another from chapter to chapter illustrating how to apply this growing wealth of strategies in your own classroom.
- Teacher Tools in the back of this book provide a collection of reproducibles for use in your classroom, including planning tools, writing assignments, and self reflection tools.
L. Iza, (Athens, Ga.)
I would recommend this book to all teachers who teach English language learners. It is packed with research based strategies and approaches. The marginal questions on many pages encourage the reader to reflect on the information presented and question how it could be applied to the classroom. This is a must read. I have read many books in my professional career as an ESOL teacher and program consultant but this book was so informative, I read it twice! I am recommending it to all my colleagues.