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.

Using Text Structure
Using text structure

As ELLs and FEP learners read in the content areas, they encounter various genres and text structures within these genres (e.g., compare and contrast, sequence of events, cause and effect). This strategy for teaching text structure, which is based on the work of Rhoder (2002), is appropriate for ELLs with English proficiency levels from Developing to Transitioning.

Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy

Teaching students about text structure provides them with advance organizers that facilitate their ability to comprehend text (Ausubel, 1978). Instruction in text structure is particularly useful for ELLs, who must learn the syntax and the structure of English writing (Nation, 2009). Once students know the structure of text, they are more able to organize it and reorganize it using ...

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