Strategies for Teaching Language, Literature, and Content

Load your English language “teacher backpack” with teacher-tested, research-based strategies to enhance your teaching of English language, literature, and content. As students develop language through such strategies as Conga Line, Carousel, and Word Splash, they are engaged in positive, productive, and effective language learning.

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Almost every community today includes students who are new to the English language. Strategies for Teaching English Language, Literature, and Content is designed to prepare teachers of those students to provide motivating, engaging, and enriching classroom experiences. This book includes 51 engaging, teacher-tested, research-based strategies, each designed to be flexibly applied to the objectives of the particular language or content classroom.

Enhanced by lively illustrations and clear graphics, strategies include careful instructions with specific examples, and are organized into five areas:

  • Strategies for New Learners of English
  • Strategies for Building Comprehension
  • Reading Process Strategies
  • Graphic Organizers for Text Structure
  • Vocabulary Exploration
  • This book is an invaluable for teacher education for pre-service teachers, English language specialists, and content teachers of students learning English.

    Mary Lou McCloskey

    Mary Lou McCloskey, who got her start as a teacher of school-age learners, works as Director of Teacher Education and Curriculum Development for Educo in Atlanta; as English for Speakers of Other Languages Specialist for the Global Village Project in Decatur; and teaches English language education at Agnes Scott College. She haswritten many series for English learners and professional books, chapters, and articles in the field and has worked with teachers, teacher educators, and departments and ministries of education on five continents – including long-term projects in Egypt and Central Europe – as well as 35 US states. She focuses on multiple aspects of education for school-age learners of English in diverse settings.

    Janet Orr

    Janet Orr is a highly experienced educator providing quality basic education program services for youth in both the United States and developing countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Janet brings a comprehensive knowledge of basic education programming especially in the areas of reading and English language learning. She has served in both US and overseas contexts as an administrator, curriculum developer, and teacher educator. Most recently, she is focused on consulting work to design effective instructional programs using research and data gained through program evaluation.

    Lydia Stack

    Lydia Stack is an internationally known teacher educator and author. She is currently involved in a Stanford University Initiative to support English Learners, Understanding Language. The goal of this project is to provide teachers with approaches to enrich academic content and language instruction for English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. In addition, she presents workshops on peace, tolerance, and understanding to teachers in many countries around the world, most recently in Greece and Hungary.

    Her teaching experience includes twenty- five years as an elementary and high school teacher of ELs in the San Francisco Unified School District and ten years as a district administrator. She is a past president of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her awards include the TESOL James E. Alatis Award and the San Francisco STAR Teacher Award. Her publications include Collections, On Our Way to English and American Themes, a literature anthology for high school students in the ACCESS program of the U.S. State Department’s Office of English Language Programs.

    Gabriela Kleckova

    Gabriela Kleckova, a language teacher, university lecturer, teacher trainer, researcher, consultant, materials developer, is based in the English Department, College of Education at the University of Western Bohemia in Plzen, the Czech Republic. In her 20 years in the profession, she has taught a wide range of general English courses as well as ESOL professional courses for pre-service and in-service teachers of various cultural and language backgrounds. Her main research interests include the effectiveness and utility of visual design of ELT materials. She is also interested in materials development, content and language integrated learning (CLIL), and teacher education.

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