The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching All Levels

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2022-04-12
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Maximize the educational potential of your ESL/ELL class with this singular resource

The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels, 2nd Edition offers readers a comprehensive range of instructional strategies and educational resources for teaching English. The newly revised 2nd Edition includes brand new chapters on:

  • Working with Long-Term English Language Learners
  • Teaching English internationally
  • Teaching Elementary Age ELLs
  • Teaching Adult ELLs
  • Teaching ELLs with learning challenges
  • Culturally Responsive Instruction
  • Effective online instruction
  • Working with co-teachers and para-professionals

In addition to the new chapters, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide contains updated material on topics including math, science, social studies, Common Core Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and 150 pages of new, highly engaging content. An essential resource for anyone involved in teaching English as a Second Language to students of all ages, this book is perfect for general education teachers and ESL specialists for students in grades six through twelve. It’s also highly instructive for teachers of adult ESL classes, elementary and teacher educators, and resource specialists.

Author Biography

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English Language Learners and English-proficient students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He is the author or editor of twelve books on education, and writes a weekly teacher advice column for Education Week.

Katie Hull Sypnieski teaches English Language Learners and English-proficient students at Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School in Sacramento, California. She is a Teacher Consultant with the Area 3 Writing Project at the University of California, Davis and is a co-author of The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox and Navigating the Common Core with English Language Learners.

Table of Contents

About the Authors


About the Contributors


PART ONE: Getting Started with English Language Learners

1. ELL Instruction: The Big Picture

ELL Population Growth

How Are English Language Learner Described?

Adolescent English Language Learners

A Primer on ELL Research

A Quick Tour of ELL Practices

2. ELL Classroom Basics: Building a Positive and Effective Learning Environment

The First R: Building Relationships

The Second R: Resources in the ELL Classroom

The Third R: Establishing Routines

PART TWO: Teaching Beginning English Language Learners

3. Key Elements of a Curriculum for Beginning ELLs

Key Elements of a Curriculum

4. Daily Instruction for Beginning ELLs

Picture Word Inductive Model Unit Plan

PART THREE: Teaching Intermediate English Language Learners

5. Key Elements of a Curriculum for Intermediate ELLs

Key Elements of a Curriculum

6. Daily Instruction for Intermediate ELLs

Designing Thematic Genre Units

A Sample Unit: Problem-Solution

Sample Lesson Plans

Using Text to Generate Analytical Writing Lesson Plan

A Sample Week in a Two-Period Intermediate ELL Class

PART FOUR: Teaching English Language Learners in the Content Areas

7. Teaching Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

What is the Organizing Cycle?

8. Teaching Social Studies

Building Relationships with Students

9. Teaching Science, by Stephen Fleenor

Introduction: Science and Language

10. Teaching Math, by Cindy Garcia


Challenge – Reading Mathematics Texts

Challenge – Knowledge of Appropriate Academic Vocabulary

Challenge – Participating in Mathematics Conversations

Challenge – Understanding Abstract Concepts

PART FIVE: Working with Specific Groups of English Language Learners

11. Supporting Long Term English Language Learners

Who Are Long-Term English Language Learners?

How Can We Best Support LTELLs?

How Did Larry and His School Try to Put These Recommendations Into Action?

12. Working with Elementary ELLs, by Valentina Gonzalez

Who Are Elementary English Learners?

Do Elementary English Learners Have Different Needs? Does Their Instruction Need to be Different from that of Older English Learners?

Program Types in Elementary

The Core Elements of Supportive Instruction for Elementary English Language Learners

What Does a Model Classroom that is Highly Supportive of Elementary English Learners Look Like?

What Does a Model Classroom that is Highly Supportive of Elementary English Learners Sound Like?

What Does a Model Classroom that is Highly Supportive of Elementary English Learners Fell Like?

Instructional Strategies that Support Elementary ELLs

13. Teaching Adult ELLs, by Antoinette Perez

The Differences in Teaching English to Adults Versus Children

How to Foster Success with Adult Learners

14. Teaching ELLs with Learning Differences, by Jessica Bell

Considerations for Further Investigation

Considerations for Determining Services

Considerations for Placement/Scheduling


PART SIX: Further Strategies to Ensure Success

15. Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching

What is Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching?

The Organizing Cycle

16. Addressing Additional Opportunities and Challenges

Student Motivation

The Advantages of Being Bilingual or Multilingual Lesson Plan

Social Emotional Learning

Textbook Integration

Error Correction

Limited Access to Technology

Multilevel Classes

Co-Teaching and/or Working with an Aide/Paraprofessional

Classroom Management

Book Selection

Supporting ELL Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFEs)

17. Home Language of ELLs, by Tan Huynh

Seeing Home Language as an Asset

A Mini Lesson on the Value of Home Languages

Research on Home Languages in the Classroom

Turning Bloom’s Taxonomy into a Home-Language Framework

Abandoning English-Only Practices


18. Using Learning Games in the ELL Classroom

Research Support

What Are the Qualities of a Good Learning Game?

19. Assessing English Language Learners

Assessing ELLs: Key Principles

20. Reflective Teaching/Professional Development, by Carol Silva

The Bread in the Pond

Why Should We Have an Intentional, Formal Process for Reflecting?

Why I Began Filming Myself and Why I Continued

Adopting a Reflective Mindset




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