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Balancing Reading and Language Learning

  • Title:Balancing Reading and Language Learning: A Resource for Teaching English Language Learners, K-5
  • Author:Mary Cappellini
  • Publication Date:January 2005
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781571103673
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Teaching reading to children in a language that is not their own is a daunting task. Combining the best classroom practices and research on teaching reading and language acquisition, Mary Cappellini integrates effective reading instruction with effective language instruction. Through the framework of a balanced reading program, she emphasizes the importance of constantly listening for and assessing children's language and reading strategies during read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading, including literature circles.

Mary plans and demonstrates whole-class, small-group, and individual reading instruction using a model of "reading to, with, and by children" with fiction and nonfiction texts. She works in the primary and upper grades with children at all stages of English language development and at all developmental reading levels. With on-going assessments based on those interactions, she shows how to plan for more effective instruction. Mary constantly questions and discusses whether the child needs more support in language development or in developing reading strategies, breaking down assumptions that equate a low level of English proficiency with a lack of reading strategies, or English language fluency with accomplished reading skills.

Through the use of wonderful literature, and by maintaining a focus on the children's strengths, needs, prior knowledge, and interests, Mary constantly challenges students as they develop their fluency in English while becoming fluent readers.

  • How to set up an environment that will allow all English language learners to succeed;
  • The stages of English language proficiency and stages of reading development—how they compare and how to use them to assess and plan for individual children;
  • A focus on tapping into children's prior knowledge in their primary language while teaching reading in English and using Spanish/English cognates to help develop academic language;
  • A collection of in-depth lessons and mini-lessons based on children's language proficiency and reading strategy needs with ongoing assessment, teacher reflection, and with an emphasis on choosing the right books to match their reading and language level
  • How to manage numerous guided reading groups with children of all stages of reading and language proficiency;
  • Thematic planning, with sample units for primary and upper grades, to support academic language and meet content standards;
  • Ideas for literacy evenings, school tours, and other events to involve parents with the learning community;
  • Extensive resources: numerous forms and checklists—observation sheets, planning sheets, literature response sheets, focus sheets for shared and guided reading, and more.
  • Also included are lists of books for read alouds, shared reading, and thematic units, and lists of recommended guided reading series appropriate for English language learners.

Balancing Reading and Language Learning provides the strategies proven to be effective in a balanced reading program, while at the same time valuing the native culture and first-language skills of the English language learner. Regardless of how many or how few ELL students a teacher has, this invaluable resource helps them meet the challenges and reap the rewards of teaching children to read as they learn the language.


Author Bio

Mary Cappellini is a Bilingual Educational Consultant and a published children's book author who has worked in education for over thirty years. A teacher at heart, she enjoys engaging teachers in reflections and classroom demonstration lessons in her staff development with schools across the country. She works in large urban districts, lectures at prestigious universities, including Columbia's Teachers College, speaks at national conferences, and plans long-term staff development for smaller school districts with bulging ELL populations. Besides her current role as an educational consultant, Mary taught in K-5 classrooms and was a bilingual reading resource teacher and a mentor-teacher in the inner-city schools of Santa Ana, California; was an ESL and fifth-grade teacher at the American School in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and taught ESL to adults at community colleges, as well as working as an adjunct professor and part-time lecturer at California State Universities and UCs. A native of California, Mary still lives in Orange County, where she grew up. Although she lived most of her life in California, she has also lived in Spain and in Argentina, where she met her husband. Her bilingual family includes three daughters, and she says: "We travel as often as we can, visiting families on two continents." Besides consulting and traveling, she continues to write children's books in both English and Spanish and volunteers teaching ESL to recent immigrants in an after-school youth program at Save Our Youth (SOY), a nonprofit in Costa Mesa, California, where she also serves as a board member.

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