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.

Establishing Routines in an Inclusive Classroom
Establishing routines in an inclusive classroom

Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy

Clear classroom routines provide context that facilitates the use of social and academic language across the content areas. The predictability of classroom routines results in greater comprehensibility of the language used within the classroom. Routines, for taking attendance, managing general supplies, transitioning between activities, moving into groups, taking turns, maintaining noise levels, and so on are fundamental to the effective ELL-supportive classroom.

A middle school mathematics teacher described in Colombo and Furbush (2008) provided a clear illustration of how routines facilitate the grouping and regrouping of students during classroom instruction. This teacher arranged students' desks in four desk clusters. Each desk in the cluster had a laminated number taped to ...

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