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Sharing Our Knowledge: Best Practices for Supporting English Language Learners in Schools

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Nadia Prokopchuk, University of Saskatchewan

Copyright Year: 2019


Language: English

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Reviewed by Kathryn Webb, Director of Nursing Simulation, Associate Professor, University of Saint Francis on 3/27/24

The authors of this text which is a collection of essays break down the key topics and give excellent examples. The text gives a thorough and comprehensive and an excellent guide in the needed understanding of culture, family value, instruction,... read more

Reviewed by Jessica Dougherty, Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University on 12/6/23

This text covers key topics related to the title, such as culture, family connections, instruction, assessment, newcomers, refugees, and challenges English learners face. Not only do the individual authors define key terms in their respective... read more

Reviewed by Mo Wenjuan, Instructor, West Virginia University on 5/3/23

First of all, the author picks an excellent title to catch other people’s eyes. Currently, I am an instructor of the C&I 311 ELL and Language Acquisition for Elementary Teachers course at the School of Education, West Virginia University.... read more

Reviewed by Pam Myette, Assistant Professor Department of Special Education, Bridgewater State University on 12/2/22

This is a book of seventeen essays by Canadian professionals in the field of teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) during a course for practicing teachers who are working toward a Post-Degree Certificate in EAL at the College of... read more

Reviewed by Tatiana Sildus, Professor, Pittsburg State University on 5/7/21

The text is a collection of final paper essays prepared by mostly graduate and some undergraduate students enrolled in an online course as part a post-degree certificate offered by the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. As noted in the... read more

Reviewed by Lynmara Colón, Adjunct Professor, University of Mary Washington on 7/5/20

The text is comprehensive and addresses much needed topics for Els. A collection of essays supported by research and stories, make up a great resource for those seeking to understand and support students learning English. The focus in on Newcomers... read more

Reviewed by Matthew Edinger, Associate Professor, North Shore Community College on 6/30/20

The book examines specific EAL issues from multiple perspectives on a level appropriate for undergraduate education and education studies students. This book reminds readers that English Language Learners are no longer missing from educational... read more

Reviewed by Lydia Sollenberger, Graduate Student, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

While the text does cover many of the key aspects to best practices for English Language Learners in schools in Canada, I would argue that the texts focus mainly on ELLs that are newcomers and refugees and not on other identities of ELLs in... read more

Reviewed by Gia Renaud, Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University on 5/31/20

This text is a compilation of essay from Canadian graduate students. It is broken into 4 sections. The sections cover welcoming environment, classroom supports and strategies, refugee supports and special learning challenges. read more

Reviewed by Brenda-Jean Tyler, Associate Professor, Radford University on 2/12/20

The book presents a collection of papers addressing a range of factors that arise in teaching and working successfully with English as an Additional Language students written by students enrolled in a post-degree certificate program in EAL... read more

Table of Contents

Part 1: Welcoming Environments and Cultural Responsiveness

  • 1 - Impact of Culture on EAL Students' Education
  • 2 - The Importance of Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • 3 - Supporting Newcomer EAL Students in the Elementary Classroom: The First Weeks
  • 4 - Teaching EAL Students: Children of Two Language Worlds
  • 5 - Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • 6 - Intercultural Competence and the Inclusive Classroom

Part 2: Classroom Support for EAL Learners

  • 7- Instructional Strategies to Support EAL Learners at Various Stages of the CFR
  • 8 - Supporting the Needs of EAL Learners
  • 9 - The Power of Visual Notetaking: Empowering EAL Student Learning in the Classroom
  • 10 - The Importance of Meaningful and Consistent Assessment Practices
  • 11 - Support and Resources for EAL Students and Teachers

Part 3: Settlement and Refugee Support

  • 12 - Integration of Newcomers in Saskatchewan Schools: The Role of Settlement Workers
  • 13 - Accessing Academic Language in Math and Science for Refugee Learners
  • 14 - Supporting Refugee English Language Learners in Canadian Classrooms

Part 4: EAL Learners with Special Learning Challenges

  • 15 - Trauma and its Impact on Learning
  • 16 - Distinguishing Between a Language Acquisition Problem and Learning Challenges in ELL Students
  • 17 - Disproportionate Representation of English Language Learners in Special Education

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About the Book

To complete the course ECUR 415.3: Current Issues in EAL, students are required to submit a final paper that reflects their growing knowledge about English as an Additional Language (EAL). EAL is the term used in Saskatchewan to describe students who speak languages other than English and require adequate levels of English to be successful with the school curriculum.

Most students enrolled in the online course ECUR 415 are practicing teachers who are working toward a Post-Degree Certificate in EAL Education (PDCEAL), while continuing to live and work in various locations both within and outside of the province. The certificate program, offered through the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, is recognized by provincial education authorities as being equivalent to one full year of post-degree study. As such, the certificate equips teachers with the knowledge and expertise to be considered teacher-specialists of EAL Education. The course ECUR 415 also attracts some pre-service teachers who are pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree and have an interest in EAL Education.

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