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English Language Learners

This guide will provide professional learning resources for teachers of ESL students.

Featured Books from Your ATA Library

Language Practices of Indigenous Children and Youth

This book explores the experiences of Indigenous children and young adults around the world as they navigate the formal education system and wider society. This book examines the language ecologies of their local communities, schools and wider society and the approaches taken by these communities to maintain children's home languages. The authors examine such complex themes as curriculum, translanguaging, contact languages and language use as cultural practice.

50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners includes a rich assortment of practical strategies aligned to TESOL standards, which have been field-tested in diverse classrooms. Each strategy includes a brief explanation, step-by-step instructions on how to plan and use the strategy, and classroom scenarios demonstrating how the strategy can be adapted for different grade levels and content areas.

Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12

For any student, middle and high school can be challenging. But for an English learner or striving reader--and the myriad words, phrases, syntax, texts, and concepts they must negotiate on a daily basis--the stakes seem a whole lot higher. This book supports teachers in developing strong teaching strategies to best support English learners in their classrooms

Art As a Way of Talking for Emergent Bilingual Youth

This book features effective artistic practices to improve literacy and language skills for emergent bilinguals in PreK-12 schools. It highlights how artistic practices can increase proficiency in emergent language learners and students with limited access to academic English.

The ELL Strategies Book

This practical book provides hundreds of innovative and research-based instructional strategies you can use to support all levels of English Language Learners. Written by proven authors in the field, the book is divided into two main sections: Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening. Each of those sections includes "Top Ten" favorites and between 40 and 70 strategies that can be used as part of multiple lessons and across content areas.

Teaching English Language Learners

Teaching English Language Learners is a handbook for elementary staff who work with English Language Learners, but who don't have specialized training in English language acquisition. The book is a handy reference that describes all stages of learning English, and how home language and culture affect English Language Learners in school.

The Grammar Answer Key

The Grammar Answer Key is a collection of 100 questions submitted by ESL teachers--both novice and experienced and both native and non-native speakers--from many different countries around the world. The 100 questions are organized into 12 chapters on topics that teachers and students can relate to well: adjectives, articles, clauses, connectors, gerunds and infinitives, prepositions, pronouns, pronunciation, subject-verb agreement, suffixes, verbs, and vocabulary-grammar connections.

Responsive Design

The cultural and linguistic diversity of students is on the rise, and educators want to know the most effective ways to teach English language learners (ELLs). Two research-based frameworks--Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which addresses the innate brain-based differences of learners, and Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), a pedagogy that responds to learners' cultural differences--can help.

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