Approaches to Teaching Linguistic Minority Students provides an invaluable and accessible resource for working with EAL students. It brings together the international experiences and expertise of a team of distinguished language educators who explore a range of teaching approaches and provide professionally-grounded practical advice. The chapters cover themes, references and pedagogic concerns common to teachers across the globe. This book will be of use to individual teachers who want to extend their knowledge and practice, and also as a set text for professional development programs.

Connecting Communication, Curriculum and Second Language Literacy Development: Meeting the Needs of ‘Low Literacy’ EAL/ESL Learners

Connecting communication, curriculum and second language literacy development: Meeting the needs of ‘low literacy’ EAL/ESL learners

Introduction: ‘Low Literacy’ EAL/ESL Learners in the Educational Mainstream

This chapter addresses working within a communicative paradigm to meet the needs of EAL/ESL learners who have low levels of literacy in their first language, and who usually have limited prior experience of schooling when they begin their learning of English as an additional language. As this chapter is describing practices in Australia, I will use the usual Australian terminology of ‘ESL’.

When the teaching of ESL in schools is informed by a communicative approach to language teaching, the meanings learners deal with, and the ways in ...

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