- Series: Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature
- Hardcover: 104 pages
- Publisher: Scarecrow Press (April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810842130
- ISBN-13: 978-0810842137
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,509,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Bridges for ESL Students: Using Young Adult and Children's Literature to Teach ESL (Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature)
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This very complete book begins with the basics, the "first steps" that an ESL teacher should take with a new class. Reid makes it clear that English is a complex language, and that it takes from seven to nine years to achieve a "cognitive/academic language proficiency" to be able to understand textbooks, lectures, and other academic materials. From there, she segues into the hows and whys of using literature as a teaching tool, ranging from picture books for beginning speakers to simple novels and nonfiction titles to help teach history, math, and science. One of the approaches that she suggests is the "multiple-pass" technique, where the instructor first reads the book aloud, pausing and discussing words and concepts with students, and then reads it again without interruption. A chapter is aimed at "special" populations, such as children of migrant workers. The book includes a bibliography of titles for children and young adults, a selected annotated bibliography of resources for teachers, and an index, which includes titles recommended throughout the book. A clear and straightforward presentation for both novice and more experienced ESL teachers.
Marlyn K. Roberts, City of Long Beach Public Library, CA
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A college professor who teaches courses in literature for young adults and children and English as a Second Language has produced this resource. It seeks to bring together books of varied styles and subjects and students with different levels of competence in English. Following an introduction to the issues found in teaching ESL students, are chapters that deal with specialized topics such as using picture books and teaching science and math. Each chapter provides concrete techniques and activities for teaching ESL students. The book ends with a bibliography of the books used in various chapters, an annotated list of resources for teachers, and an author-title index.
The concepts in this work are clearly presented. While few books are used as examples, the principles of teaching ESL students can be applied to other books selected by teachers. Sharon E. Cohen
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