|About the Book|
Primary language instruction is no longer the norm in many schools. Immersion is now the rule in many quarters, and English learners must become literate in English. However, an alarming number of English learners are failing academically, which hasMorePrimary language instruction is no longer the norm in many schools. Immersion is now the rule in many quarters, and English learners must become literate in English. However, an alarming number of English learners are failing academically, which has forced educators to review, rethink, and revise their instruction to meet the complex needs of this burgeoning population. English Learners: Reaching the Highest Level of English Literacy takes a critical look at the literacy development of English learners through the eyes of original theorists and current practitioners. These authors examine the essential components of English language development and recommend specific practices for successful implementation. The books 16 chapters examine three important English language learner issues: English reading instruction in an immersion setting, English language development, and cultural issues as they pertain to English learners in and out of the classroom. what is presently done for English learners, emphasizes the need to re-examine current instructional practices, and suggests what can be done to change them The book also examines reading and English literacy instruction for English learners in a political and educational context in which simultaneous achievement of both English language acquisition and English language arts standards is required. Finally, the book suggests the importance of students cultural roots and celebrates the variety of voices that English learners represent. This volume is a valuable resource for teacher educators, school administrators, and all educators who are seeking to implement the very best instructional practices to promote the academic success of English learners.