Teaching Science to English Language Learners

Teaching Science to English Language Learners

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Can a student's cultural background support learning in science? Or is concentrating on the specialized vocabulary of science the best way to help Enlish language learners learn science? This book addresses these and other pressing questions you face when working with students whose linguistic and cultural backgrounds as well as their languages are different from our own. Teaching science to English Language Learners combines research findings with classroom vignettes and the perspectives of teachers. The chapter authors strive to support your efforts to see diversity as a resource, rather than as an obstacle, in the science classroom. Among their topics: building on what students know and recognizing students' strengths; teaching vocabulary for learning; supporting the development of academic language; challenges associated with learning a second language; types of programs for teaching English language learners; and using students' cultural resources. Mastering the principles outlined in the book will give any teacher a braod base of knowledge from which to draw. But the book also urges you to think deeply about the roles of diversity. It offers valuable information for reflecting on, experimenting with, and adapting your instructional practices. As the authors note, qthe vision of science teaching and learning put forward in this volume is one in which English lanaguage learners have as much to teach their fellow students as they have to learn from them.qChapter 8 Essay: What Is the Vocabulary of Science? Chapter 8 Essay: What ... Without the word system, the synergy among the various organs making up the circulatory or respiratory system would be hard to talk about. Using the right wordsanbsp;...

Title:Teaching Science to English Language Learners
Author:Ann S. Rosebery
Publisher:NSTA Press - 2008-01-01


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