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Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books

Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books

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September 2012 | 224 pages | Corwin
Picture your beginning ELLs reading their way to success!For beginning English language learners, a picture really is worth a thousand words! Picture books can unlock puzzling cultural and social meanings for students at all ages and grade levels. ELL educator Ana Lado illustrates how picture books are an especially useful tool for building important language and social foundationsùfoundations that students may miss through traditional instruction. Lado provides all the tools you need to engage your English learners with picture books, including how to:Design lesson plans around themed units Select appropriate picture books using specific criteriaIncorporate fun and engaging strategies like singing and reenactingIntegrate picture-book learning to facilitate development of English Language ProficiencyIn addition, you will gain access to a searchable online database to find just the right book for your lessons, based on author, title, genre, and English Language Proficiency level. With practical, classroom-friendly techniques, Teaching Beginner ELLs Using Picture Books helps teachers, ESL/ELD specialists, and bilingual teachers transform lessons into richly-illustrated learning opportunities. 'This book is a great tool to use when teaching level one students and contains the different strategies necessary for complete English instruction.'ùGiuliana Jahnsen, ELL TeacherSterling Middle School, Sterling, VA'This book makes the TESOL standards accessible by summarizing the three main goals of learning a language and how picture books support these concepts.'ùBlanca L. Campillo, Professional Development SpecialistChicago Public Schools Area 9, Chicago, IL

About the Author
1. Using Picture Books With English Language Learners
2. Selecting Books With the Right Content Difficulty
3. Selecting Books With the Right Language Input
4. Assessments for Matching Books and English Language Learners
5. Matching Books to Communicative Language Teaching Strategies
Concluding Remarks
Acronyms and Glossary of Terms
Appendix: Three Units Using the Communicative Language Teaching Strategies
Children's Book References and Resources
Professional References and Resources

“This book is an outstanding addition to the ELL teaching community. Ana Lado has brought together many different concepts and teaching styles to a field which is growing in leaps and bounds.”

Quan Cao, Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Executive Director, Alliance for Multilingual Multicultural Education

“This book makes the TESOL standards accessible by summarizing the three main goals of learning a language and how picture books support these concepts.”

Blanca L. Campillo, Professional Development Specialist
Chicago Public Schools Area 9, Chicago, IL

"Proficiency in oral and written skills in the second language is crucial for beginner ELLs and their success in the mainstream classrooms. Teaching Beginner English Language Learners Using Picture Books is a great tool to use when instructing level one students."

Giuliana Jahnsen, ELL Teacher
Sterling Middle School, Sterling, VA
Key features
  • A fresh new approach to scaffolding instruction for beginner-level ELLs through the use of carefully selected picture books.
  • Describes the selection criteria ("tellability") for appropriate books that takes into account the learner's English Language Proficiency Level, the topic of the book, and its utitlity in building foundational social language and a bridge to academic language.
  • Includes extensive lists of "tellable" books, ranked by ELP proficiency levels and organized by topical themes.
  • Includes a plethora instructional strategies for incorporating books in ELL instruction.
  • The final section of the book consists of thematic units (with accompanying booklists) and individual lesson plans.

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