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The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels 1st Edition

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The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide offers educators practical strategies for setting up an ESL-friendly classroom, motivating and interacting with students, communicating with parents of English learners, and navigating the challenges inherent in teaching ESL students.

The book's lessons are designed to connect with core standard and technology applications and include a wealth of research-based instructional techniques which have proven effective with English learners at all proficiency levels. The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide offers help for building a positive and effective learning environment in the classroom and includes the key elements of a curriculum for beginning and intermediate ELLs from daily instruction plans to a year-long schedule. The authors offer ideas for student reflection, appropriate homework assignments, targeted field trips, and assessing student performance. They also discuss handling difficult situations like error correction, multilevel classes, limited access to technology, classroom management, and more. The free online materials accompanying this book include interactive exercises, rubrics, test-prep strategies, and up-to-date information on Common Core standards for ELLs.

The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide offers thematic units complete with reproducible forms and worksheets, sample lesson plans, and student samples. This hands-on resource will give teachers at all levels the information they need to be effective ESL instructors.

"An engaging, practical, and highly accessible book... The authors share strategies that have been proven effective through research as well as their own practice. There is truly something valuable for any teacher, even those who have extensive experience with ESL classes."

Pia Wong, professor, Bilingual/Multicultural Education, California State University, Sacramento

"This is an invaluable resource for all new and experienced teachers who desire to see their language learning students thrive and achieve at high levels."

Dana Dusbiber, classroom teacher with over 20 years of experience working with ELLs

About the Author

Larry Ferlazzo is the author of "Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day" (http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org), the popular blog for teachers of English Language Learners and one of the most popular education blogs for all teachers. He teaches English at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.

Katie Hull Sypnieski teaches English at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, serves as a teaching consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at University of California, Davis, and is a lead trainer for the WRITE Institute (Writing Reform Institute for Teaching Excellence).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (August 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118095677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118095676
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 seven books: Building A Community Of Self-Motivated Learners: Strategies To Help Students Thrive In School and Beyond; 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 also host an online radio show on The BAM! Network.

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

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I'm not an ESL teacher - but after 25 years teaching high school history and another 10 years in instructional administration - I can recognize great teaching. "The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide" is filled with practical strategies that teachers can immediately implement in the classroom. (I have to admit I've always been turned off by education theory books that required me to translate some abstract into a workable lesson ... "partial assembly required?")

The book opens with "the big picture" on ESL and key elements in the ELL curriculum, but quickly turns to strategies that would ensure "survival" for both a rookie and experienced teacher. The book also details ideas for working with ELLs in the core areas.

I could tell that these were strategies that the authors had real experience using. That's apparent in the details that accompany the strategies - pacing guides, exhibits of student work and a section on "handling potential challenges." These are classroom-tested strategies from seasoned master teachers.

I learned many years ago that I can get some of my best teaching ideas from watching my faculty peers in action. This book meets that test by providing solid teaching ideas for the ESL and non-ESL teacher as well.
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First impression: I like the larger, easy-to-read font choice. Thank you!

So far, the "I am" Project (page 21), Chapter 3, pages 198, 199, Chapter 11 = are those that have the most penciled in margin notes and/or post-it reference tabs.

It is one of those books that even a very experienced ESL / ESOL / ELL / EFL (whatever acronym you use) teacher/facilitator will be likely to find useful to review, even if just to be reminded of a few tricks that she or he has not used in awhile, to become more aware of research supporting the "why we do and try to do what we do and try to do."

As someone who has been a fan of Larry Ferlazzo and his prolific blogging and tweeting for years, I felt I owed it to him -- and to visitors to my bookshelves -- to purchase a copy of this text. As an adult ELL educator, even though the book is marked for Grades 4 -12, many chapters and much of the information has relevancy.

This is a text that is not likely to overwhelm newbies and/or classroom volunteers -- a quick flip-though may well lead to a careful reading of the Contents pages, and then to self-selected study.

The Afterword is well chosen.

The Notes section will make you wish for access to a hyper-linked copy of same!
This is a great text to have near you while lesson-planning, at hand during peer-to-peer / staff committee meetings, a text to revisit frequently.

Holly
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I love this book because it is well organized with relevant information about teaching ESL to ELLs. There are great sample exercises and the best websites with even more information and resources to study. I needed something to update me on the latest research and effective methods for teaching ESL, since I've been living abroad for 5 years and felt "out of touch" with the world of formal education. There are many classes for learning English in the country where I live, but they use outdated methods which I find to be ineffective, as the students have difficulty applying their knowledge into practice for work or travelling. The students feel frustrated and like they have wasted their money. This is not a book for a teacher who wants day-by-day planning or a specific curriculum. It is more about how to teach better and create programs based on empirical evidence.
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This book isn't exactly a survival guide. It's mostly a compilation of very broad, general strategies that may work if you modify them enough to suit your personal needs. There are many great web-resources that are recommended in this book, but there's actually no direct explanation on how best to integrate these resources into the classroom. There aren't even any anecdotes on what other people have tried. Sure, you can have the students post on a blog, but how are you going to get the students to do that for homework? How will you introduce the idea of doing web-homework in the first place?

On the whole, there's none of the "meat and potatoes" on how to get students socialized into writing for the classroom blog, social media website, or anything else multimedia-related, save for the occasional reference to taking a trip to the computer lab; rather, in this book, much of the techy-stuff is just taken for granted--as if teachers have been using these social media tools since the beginning of time (which I assure you they have not). There's also no explication on how grading would be determined by the content created on social media sites, and ultimately, the recommendations end up feeling shallow and vapid, and, at least for me, leave me wanting more.

It was also really frustrating for me to have to flip back and forth between the book and the authors' websites where most of the great links can be found. When I would eventually arrive at the website, for example, I would have to spend another 10 to 15 minutes searching through the vast archives just to find what I was looking for (I don't think the website is very user-friendly)--does this sound like an ESL-life raft to you?
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