Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.
Developing Community for Classroom Conversations
The first thing that teachers must do to promote academic conversations is to create a classroom community in which all students feel welcome and each student is encouraged to share his or her promising ideas. (Michaels et al., 2007). Members of this community must recognize that ELLs and FEP learners come to the classroom with different levels of experience and proficiency with both social and academic language. A central explicitly stated goal must be to support and scaffold the abilities of each student as he or she engages in academic discussion.
Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy
For ELLs to develop academic oral language proficiency, they must engage in ongoing, meaningful classroom conversations. These conversations are likely to ...