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English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work Paperback – April 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Linworth; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586835246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586835248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Provides numerous practical ways teachers can promote higher-order thinking skills that result in higher student achievement and connect to state standards

• Explores numerous ways both nontech-savvy and tech-savvy teachers can incorporate technology with ELLs

• Offers many ideas on how to utilize unique lessons with whatever textbook is being used in class

• Cites extensive research to support evidence-based lessons



• Provides over 50 original lessons for English Language Learners

• Presents a five-step process teachers can use to increase student achievement

• Offers many real-life examples, both in the author's voice and in the voices of students

• Includes graphic organizers and diagrams, K-W-L charts, examples of student work, and reproducible handouts

• Lists two appendices: one on educational technology and the other on the use of learning games



"What stands out about Larry Ferlazzo's new book…from others that describe strategies to engage high school ELLs are his suggestions for how to encourage such students to be leaders."

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Education Week



"If you agree that ELL and other students considered 'high-need' are often treated as individuals with deficits to be addressed rather than potential to be developed, you'll find important messages … in Larry's latest book."

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Teacher Leaders Network



"If you're stuck on how to become a better ELL teacher beyond the instruction, this book is for you."

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Teacher Leaders Network



"…an invaluable and instructive introduction for classroom teachers and their aides. . . . offers practical ideas and detailed lessons that take useful advantage of technology and games as teaching tools, create and adapt lessons to individual student needs, and so much more. Informed and informative, English Language Learners is enhanced with references to extensive research students and the linking of each individual lesson with state standards in English language development, making it a core addition to ESL and ELL instruction guide reference collections."

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Midwest Book Review



"This useful title contains a lot of good information for teachers and English language learners. . . . It is packed with practical, pertinent ideas and activities. Recommended."

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Book Description

Great teaching is about facilitating intrinsic motivation and self-directed learning. It's about giving students the opportunity to learn by doing and encouraging them to take risks and learn from their mistakes. These same methods and skills apply equally to the huge number of English Language Learners now in American classrooms.


More About the Author

I teach English, Social Studies and International Baccalaureate classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

I've written six books:Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching; Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation; The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide (with co-author Katie Hull Sypnieski); Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges; English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies That Work; and Building Parent Engagement In Schools (with co-author Lorie Hammond).

I've won several awards, including the Leadership For A Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation and was the Grand Prize Winner of the International Reading Association Award for Technology and Reading.

I write a popular education blog at http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/ , a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week Teacher and a weekly post for The New York Times. My articles on education policy regularly appear in the Washington Post and the Huffington Post. In addition, my articles have appeared in publications such as ASCD Educational Leadership, Social Policy, and Language Magazine.

I was a community organizer for nineteen years prior to becoming a public school teacher.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Norton on April 17, 2010
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Larry Ferlazzo proposes that the best way to empower English language learners as they master English is to abandon the "deficit model" common in many schools and develop their self-efficacy and leadership skills. Definitely a must-have if you work regularly with ELLs or any group of students who tend to be treated as individuals with "deficits."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2010
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We now live in a time where it is a common occurrence for K-12 public school systems to have a certain percentage of their student bodies comprised of children having to learn the English language. That's why "English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work" by Larry Ferlazzo (who draws upon his many years of experience and expertise teaching English language learners at the Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California) is such an invaluable and instructive introduction for classroom teachers and their aides. Founded upon the educational processes and techniques of 'building relationships, developing student leadership, accessing prior knowledge through student stories, learning by doing, and reflection', "English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work" offers practical ideas and detailed lessons that take useful advantage of technology and games as teaching tools, create and adapt lessons to individual student needs, and so much more. Informed and informative, "English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work" is enhanced with references to extensive research studies and the linking of each individual lesson with state standards in English language development, making it a core addition to ESL and ELL instruction guide reference collections.
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By Rebecca on February 11, 2013
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As an English teacher, I'm an avid follower of Larry Ferlazzo, but his blog is way more up to date. Many links mentioned in the book were dead ones - I think he needs a better format....
However, having said that, it's nice to have a physical copy where Larry gets to say more - and he's worth reading. He's brought out another book since this one, so those links' problems may be sorted out.
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As expected, this inspiring book for English teachers by ESL maven and award-winning education blogger Larry Ferlazzo provides practical tips for helping students become more self-directed. English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work that Work shows many ways to deepen the relationship between teacher and often alienated students by encouraging them to take risks and learn from good mistakes. While principally focused on the K-12 English language learners, I have easily adapted many of the ideas and techniques to more academic ESL students in university and IEP classes. It's an outstanding book that deserves a far larger audience - beyond American English teachers. If you are looking for a savvy way to become more learner-focused and help turn sometimes passive students into autotelic learners, buy this under-appreciated book.
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