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Languages and Learners: Making the Match: World Language Instruction in K-8 Classrooms and Beyond

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-01-01
  • Publisher: PEARSON

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Both a methods text and a practical guide for schools and teachers, Languages and Learners is designed to help those preparing to teach languages, especially at the elementary and middle school K-8 levels; practitioners already involved with language teaching; and teachers, parents, and administrators engaged in the planning or evaluation process. In it the authors include the theoretical and practical elements that have been important in their own classroom practice. Intended as an entry-level resource to help new teachers get oriented to what is important and available in the profession, the book is based on scholarship, yet written by practitioners with practitioners in mind. Popular, accessible, and engaging, Languages and Learners is a classic in the field, now updated to include a new organization around the TELL (Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning) Framework; new examples and illustrations of the concepts; new insights from guest contributors; and new coverage of today’s important issues, such as technology in the classroom, assessment, differentiated instruction, the Common Core State Standards, and more.

Author Biography

Helena Curtain has a wealth of experience as a language educator and has taught at elementary school through university levels. She served as Foreign Language Curriculum( Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years (and in that capacity coordinated and supervised K–12 foreign language and ESOL programs in a district of 100,000 students. She served as associate (professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and (directed the Foreign Language and ESOL teacher preparation programs. She is the author of various articles dealing (with language instruction. Helena is active professionally (and has received state, regional and national awards for her (service to the language teaching profession. She is an internationally known expert on second language teaching methodology and curriculum development, bilingual education, immersion programs, and two-way immersion programs, especially at the elementary school level. She has also served as speaker, consultant, and visiting professor both nationally and internationally in 31 countries.


C arol Ann Dahlberg is Professor Emerita in Education at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, where she taught methods courses for secondary and elementary school teachers of foreign languages. She has also taught German K–12 and at the college level. She has authored and coauthored numerous articles and has received national awards from ACTFL and AATG. A founding member of the National Network for Language Learning, Carol Ann served as its first president. She works nationally and internationally as a consultant, curriculum developer, and workshop leader for early language learning.

Table of Contents

Section 1:  Fundamentals

1.   The Learner: Setting the Stage for Language


Section 2:  Planning

2.   Planning for Curriculum, Unit, and Lesson Design


Section 3:  The Learning Experience

3.   The Learning Experience: Language Learning Fundamentals, Focus on Communication

4.   The Learning Experience: Strategies for Building Toward Proficiency

5.   The Learning Experience: Building Toward Proficiency with Interactive Tasks

6.   The Learning Experience: Building Toward Proficiency with Literacy

7.   The Learning Experience: Connecting Language and Culture

8.   The Learning Experience: Connecting Language and Content


Section 4:  Performance and Feedback

9.   Performance and Feedback: Using Assessment to Help Learners and Programs Grow


Section 5: Environment

10.  Managing the Learning Environment


Section 6: Learning Tools

11.  Learning Tools: Bringing Language to Life with Effective Materials

12.  Learning Tools: Bringing Language to Lie with Classroom Games and Activities

13.  Learning Tools: Bringing Language to Life in a Digital World


Section 7:  Professionalism and Collaboration

14.  Professionalism and Collaboration in Developing Professional Teachers


Section 8:  Programs

15.  Programs: Planning and Implementing Effective Programs for Young Learners

16.  Programs: Focus on Immersion

17.  Programs: Rationale and Advocacy


Works Cited  /  Name Index  /  Subject Index


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