Monday, April 19, 2010

Larry Ferlazzo on English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work

Join me for a live and interactive interview with Larry Ferlazzo, author of the brand-new English Language Learners:  Teaching Strategies that Work.  Larry's Websites of the Day…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL is consistently recognized as one of the great resource blogs for educators.

Date:  Wednesday, 21 April, 2010
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Elluminate. Log in at The Elluminate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.

Larry's Bio:  "I teach Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English Language Learners (as well as native English speakers) at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  I’ve been a high school teacher for five years after spending nineteen years working as a community organizer.  In addition to writing this blog and maintaining my website, I also have another blog titled Engaging Parents In School. In addition, I write regularly for the In Practice blog. “In Practice” is written by a group of teachers from around the world who teach in low-income communities. Alice Mercer began In Practice in 2007."

English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that WorkFrom  "Written by an award-winning practitioner, English Language Learners: Teaching Strategies that Work offers educators a five-step methodology for teaching this burgeoning population. Rather than viewing these students through the typical lens of "deficits" they might have, the process helps educators recognize and use the assets ELLs bring to the classroom.

"The five principles around which the process revolves are: building relationships, accessing prior knowledge through student stories, developing student leadership, learning by doing, and reflection. The book shows how these ideas can be used in all subject areas to help ELLs master both content and language using 'high-order' thinking skills. In addition to providing detailed lessons, the book shares a framework teachers can use to create their own lessons, and it shows how to take advantage of technology and games as teaching tools. References to extensive research studies are included to provide evidence of effectiveness, and each lesson is linked to state standards in English Language development."

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