Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs

Paperback | May 23, 2010

byJoy L. Egbert, Gisela Ernst-slavit

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Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs takes a different look at language than most other books – it addresses it as something students must use constantly, in a variety of school venues and in different ways depending on the context. The book shows language as vital to content access and thereby academic achievement, but, more importantly, it also provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to help students acquire the language they need. Although the main emphasis is on English language learners (ELLs), the term “diverse learners” used throughout also encompasses the great variety in any classroom of student backgrounds, abilities, needs, and interests.

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Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs takes a different look at language than most other books – it addresses it as something students must use constantly, in a variety of school venues and in different ways depending on the context. The book shows language as vital to content access and thereby acade...

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  DRAFT   Joy L. Egbert and Gisela Ernst-Slavit Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs   Written specifically for K-12 pre-service and in-service content area teachers who work with ELLs, this book recognizes that teachers are the ultimate decision-makers when it com...

Joy Egbert, PhD, is Professor of ESL and Education Technology at Washington State University, Pullman.  She is an award winning teacher, materials developer, and researcher. She is the author of Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice (Pearson, 2009), CALL Essentials (TESOL, Inc, 2005), and seven other boo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 7.3 × 0.6 inPublished:May 23, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:013815676X

ISBN - 13:9780138156763

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Table of Contents

PART ONE – Understanding the Roles of Language and Content

 

Chapter 1 – Academic success:  Learning the language of school

  • Key Issues
  • Cartoon – ELLs need to learn much more than just language
  • The language of school
  • Social language
    • Everyday aspects
      • Example of concept:  What’s in a name?
    • Intercultural aspects
    • Instructional aspects
    • Academic language
      • Vocabulary
      • Grammar/Syntax
      • Discourse
      • The BICS/CALP distinction
        • Connection between BICS/CALP and the language of school
      • Extensions
        • For Reflection
        • For Action

         

        Chapter 2 – The role of language proficiency in school

        • Key Issues
        • Language proficiency
          • Language domains
            • Receptive and productive skills
          • Factors influencing language proficiency
          • Levels of language proficiency
            • Starting
            • Emerging
            • Developing
            • Expanding
            • Bridging
            • The role of native languages and cultures
            • Connection between academic language and content
              • Language functions
              • Academic achievement
              • Communicative competence
              • Keys for developing academic language
              • Extensions
                • For Reflection
                • For Action

                 


                PART TWO – Components of Effective Lesson Design

                 

                Chapter 3 – Assessing student strengths and needs

                • Key Issues
                • Background
                • Understanding Needs
                  • Collecting General Information
                  • Language Background and Needs
                  • Educational/Academic Background
                  • Content Background and Knowledge
                  • Cultural Background
                  • Guidelines for Understanding Student Needs
                  • Conclusion
                  • Extensions
                    • For Reflection
                    • For Action

                     

                    Chapter 4 – Writing and teaching to language objectives

                    • Key Issues
                    • Background
                    • Understanding Objectives
                      • Content objectives
                      • Language objectives
                      • Teaching to language objectives
                      • Conclusion
                      • Extensions
                        • For Reflection
                        • For Action

                         

                        Chapter 5 – Connecting to students’ lives

                        • Key Issues
                        • Background
                          • Understanding Connections
                            • Making personal connections
                            • Making academic connections
                          • Building Background Knowledge
                          • Integrating Connections
                          • Guidelines for Making Connections
                          • Conclusion
                          • Extensions
                            • For Reflection
                            • For Action

                             

                            Chapter 6 –Designing Engaging Tasks

                            • Key Issues
                            • Background
                            • Understanding Engaging Tasks
                              • Elements of Tasks
                                • Elements of Task Process
                                  • Instructional groupings
                                  • Modes
                                  • Task structure
                                  • Time and pacing
                                  • Scaffolding
                                  • Resources/Texts
                                  • Teacher/Student roles
                                  • Procedural tools.
                                  • Elements of Task Product
                                  • Pedagogical Connections
                                  • Guidelines for Task Design
                                  • Conclusion
                                  • Extensions
                                    • For Reflection
                                    • For Action

                                     

                                    Chapter 7 – Assessing Lessons and Students

                                    • Key Issues
                                    • Background
                                    • Understanding Assessment
                                    • Assessing Student Process and Product
                                        • Homework and Parents
                                    • Assessing Lessons
                                    • Guidelines for Assessment
                                    • Conclusion
                                    • Extensions
                                      • For Reflection
                                      • For Action

                                       


                                      PART THREE – Designing Lessons for Academic Success

                                       

                                      Chapter 8 – Unlocking the language of Ssience

                                      • Key Issues
                                      • National and state standards
                                      • o       Emphasis on inquiry and discovery learning

                                        • The role of students’ languages, cultures and communities
                                        • The specialized language of science
                                        • o       Vocabulary

                                          o       Grammar/Syntax

                                          o       Discourse

                                          o       Language functions

                                          ·        Teaching strategies for learning and talking science

                                          ·        Talking science: An example from the classroom

                                          • Extensions

                                          o       For Reflection

                                          o       For Action

                                                     

                                          Chapter 9 – Unlocking the language of mathematics

                                          • Key Issues
                                          • National and state standards
                                          • o                   Emphasis on problem solving

                                            • The role of students’ languages, cultures and communities
                                            • The specialized language of mathematics
                                            • o       Vocabulary

                                              o       Grammar/Syntax

                                              o       Discourse

                                              o       Language functions

                                              ·        Teaching strategies for learning and talking mathematics

                                              ·        Talking math: An example from the classroom

                                              • Extensions

                                              o       For Reflection

                                              o       For Action

                                               

                                               

                                              Chapter 10 – Unlocking the language of English language arts

                                              • Key Issues
                                              • National and state standards
                                              • o       Preparing students for the literacy demands of today and tomorrow

                                                • The role of students’ languages, cultures and communities
                                                • Literacy and language learning:  An integrated model
                                                • o       Texts

                                                  o       Processes and strategies

                                                  o       Systems of structure of language

                                                  o       Audiences

                                                  o       Contexts

                                                  ·        Teaching strategies for learning language skills and literacies

                                                  ·        Placing the learner at the center: An example from the classroom

                                                  • Extensions

                                                  o       For Reflection

                                                  o       For Action

                                                   

                                                  Chapter 11 – Unlocking the language of social studies

                                                  ·        Key Issues      

                                                  ·        About the field of social studies

                                                  ·        The specialized language of social studies

                                                  o       Grammatical features

                                                  o       Discourse

                                                  ·        Strategies for teaching and learning social studies

                                                  ·        Extensions

                                                  o       For Reflection

                                                  o       For Action

                                                   

                                                  Chapter 12--Putting it all together

                                                  ·        Key Issues

                                                  ·        Background

                                                  ·        Understanding the whole

                                                  ·        Lesson examples

                                                  o       Adapting lessons

                                                  ·        Guidelines for creating and adapting lessons

                                                  ·        Extensions

                                                  o       For Reflection

                                                  o       For Action

                                                   


                                                  References

                                                   

                                                  Appendix A

                                                   

                                                  Index   (to be decided)

                                                   

                                                   

Editorial Reviews

"This book carefully outlines exactly what the classroom teacher needs to do in order to correctly accommodate ELL students in the content area classroom."

- Kimberley Kreicker, Ph.D., Emporia State University, Lawrence, Kansas