Strategies for Teaching English Language, Literature, and Content

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Load your English language “teacher backpack” with teacher-tested, research-based strategies to enhance your teaching of English language, literature, and content. As students develop language through such strategies as Conga Line, Carousel, and Word Splash, they are engaged in positive, productive, and effective language learning.

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Almost every community today includes students who are new to the English language. Strategies for Teaching English Language, Literature, and Content is designed to prepare teachers of those students to provide motivating, engaging, and enriching classroom experiences. This book includes 51 engaging, teacher-tested, research-based strategies, each designed to be flexibly applied to the objectives of the particular language or content classroom.

Enhanced by lively illustrations and clear graphics, strategies include careful instructions with specific examples, and are organized into five areas:

• Strategies for New Learners of English

• Strategies for Building Comprehension

• Reading Process Strategies

• Graphic Organizers for Text Structure

• Vocabulary Exploration

This book is an invaluable for teacher education for pre-service teachers, English language specialists, and content teachers of students learning English.

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About the author

Mary Lou McCloskey, Lydia Stack, Janet Orr, and Gabriela Kleckova have among them over 150 years of teaching and teacher training experience in both ESL contexts and EFL contexts from Afghanistan to Zambia. They have combined their knowledge and experience to bring this book to help both new and experienced teachers focus and improve their classroom teaching.

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Wayzgoose Press
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Published on
Dec 13, 2017
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Education / Bilingual Education
Education / Teacher & Student Mentoring
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts
Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language
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