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Meeting the Needs of Second Language…

Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners: An Educator's Guide

by Judith Lessow-Hurley

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Is for teachers and those wanting to know more in meeting the needs of 2nd language learners. An experienced bilingual teacher tells about the myths in handling these students and mentions key issues. You find out about the 2nd language learner what you need to know, what works best, qualifications needed, learn about politics and policies related to language and questions often asked. Author also provides where you ca learn more about the certain topic that was discussed in each chapter. I would use this book as a source to go to when certain situations may come up in the classroom that I am not sure what to do. ( )
  Kel18 | Dec 16, 2013 |
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Today's public schools are increasingly characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity. Studies show that about 4.4 million students nationwide lack the English skills needed to succeed academically. To help second language learners keep up in the classroom, educators must understand the challenges that bilingual students and schools face.

In this concise guide, former bilingual teacher Judith Lessow-Hurley dives right into the language debate swirling in school systems large and small. She examines the popular myths about educating students in a multilinquistic society and introduces the key issues:

* The demographics of second language learners
* The theory underlying language instruction
* Desirable qualifications for bilingual teachers
* Effective teaching methods and programs
* Language and politics
* Language and the law

By confronting common beliefs about English-only and immersion programs, basic interpersonal communication skills, the influence of culture on language, and more, Lessow-Hurley reveals how schools can successfully educate students from diverse backgrounds--without unintended prejudice. Her passionate and intelligent response in the language debate views every school as the bridge between cultures, helping all students develop academically and equally.

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An overview of the challenges of educating second language learners and a guide to a variety of strategies for effectively meeting their unique educational needs.

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