About ELLs: Guides for Instruction

These books offer a great introduction to working with ELLs. Each guide covers a number of helpful topics such as getting to know your students, creating a welcoming classroom environment, and working with parents.

More booklists are available that focus on specific topics such as ELLs in elementary and secondary grades, as well as on immigrants, refugees, and internationally adopted students.

Between Worlds, Third Edition: Access to Second Language Acquisition

In the third edition of this title by ELL experts David E. and Yvonne S. Freeman, the authors present the most up-to-date research from the field regarding second language acquisition and best practices for ELLs in a format that is accessible and easy to use. Topics include in-depth case studies of students, as well as theories of language acquisition, bilingual education, reading instruction, academic language, and how a school's cultural orientation impacts student language learning. Each chapter also presents discussion questions, classroom examples, and teacher reflections.

English Language Learners: Day by Day K-6

During her experience as an ESL and bilingual teacher, Christina Celic has compiled a number of practical strategies for creating an effective and welcoming learning environment in her classroom. In this guide, she shares hands-on approaches for classroom set-up and management, creating a class profile, determining appropriate homework assignments, and incorporating content learning throughout the classroom and curriculum. The first chapter, focusing on classroom set-up, is available on the publisher website.

English Language Learners: The Essential Guide

This book provides an excellent introduction to English language learners and effective ELL instruction. Topics include: getting to know your students, teaching language through content, and developing academic language. The guide, which refers to a number of specific policy and instruction models throughout the country, also ties strategies to multicultural children's books, and offers suggestions for further reading on a number of topics.

Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice

Dr. Wayne E. Wright offers a timely overview of the ELL field for educators and administrators that includes chapters about: ELL demographics; second-language theory; historical background; ELL policy at the federal, state, and local level; ELL assessment; language instruction; content-area instruction; primary language support; and technology in the classroom. Chapters tools such as guiding questions, activities, key terms, supporting documents, and exercises available on a companion website make this an essential resource for pre-service courses and professional development.

Getting Started with English Language Learners: How Educators Can Meet the Challenge

Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran with lots of experience working with English language learners, you'll find a wealth of useful information in this practical guide by Judie Haynes, an experienced ESL teacher and co-founder of the website EverythingESL. The book begins with a discussion of the stages of second language development and also covers such topics as working with newcomers, differentiating instruction for ELLs, and challenges related to content area instruction for ELLs.

Schoolwide Approaches to Educating ELLs: Creating Linguistically and Culturally Responsive K-12 Schools

In this helpful guide, Professor Sonia Soltero of DuPaul University takes a fresh look at the schoolwide factors that influence ELL achievement and offers suggestions on how to orient the entire school community towards ELL success. She includes a timely discussion of language learning myths, the role of public opinion on ELL programming, and the socioeconomic realities that can affect students and parents alike, as well as classroom ideas and recommendations for leadership and advocacy.

Supporting English Language Learners: A Guide for Teachers and Administrators

Learn how to help ELLs thrive in the classroom and school community from veteran educator Farin A. Houk. Written in a style that is thoughtful, compassionate, and easy to read, Houk offers numerous examples and specific strategies to assist school leaders (at the classroom, department, and administrative levels) develop a schoolwide plan for addressing ELLs' needs, allocating resources on behalf of ELLs, providing effective instruction, and becoming advocates at the district and local level.

The More-Than-Just-Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher

The newest edition of this helpful handbook presents a number of strategies for addressing daily challenges that both ESL and mainstream teachers face in the classroom, such as: How do I prepare for a new ESL student? How do I balance the needs of students at different reading levels? How do I manage difficult classroom behavior? A number of appendices and forms are included as well.