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English Learners and the Secret Language of School

  • Title:English Learners and the Secret Language of School: Unlocking the Mysteries of Content-Area Texts
  • Author:Janice Pilgreen
  • Publication Date:March 2010
  • Grade Level:6-12
  • ISBN:9780325011271
  • Publisher:Heinemann

“Teachers may view themselves as subject-matter experts and not reading teachers,” but as Jan notes in English Learners and the Secret Language of School, “today we’re all being asked to provide access to the core curriculum for all students.” She shows how to plan literacy strategies into your teaching so that:

  • comprehension skills sharpen and engagement deepens, to the benefit of content retention
  • ELLs learn to demonstrate what they know in a wide variety of testing contexts
  • all students find ways into grade-level texts and meet content standards
  • English learners—and everyone in class—develop proficiency with vocabulary, sequencing, inferring, cause/effect, and other aspects of academic language.

Even if you’ve never taught reading, Jan gives you every tool you’ll need:

  • classroom structures for instruction with individuals, small-groups, or the whole class
  • reproducible response pages and graphic organizers that help students apply literacy strategies
  • “testing links” for weaving in test preparation without interrupting curricular flow.

Academic language is more than merely the key to unlocking content-area texts and improving comprehension. Read English Learners and the Secret Language of School, and help English learners discover the secret that will improve their performance in school and open a world of new possibilities in their lives.

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