This essential book offers clear guidelines for determining if the Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students / English Language Learners (ELL) in your general education classroom are experiencing typical language differences, learning disabilities, or both. By combining helpful case-studies with insightful research, the authors provide a framework for differentiating instruction that uses culturally appropriate interventions to build upon student strengths while creating a foundation for further learning and achievement. You will discover how to:
- Connect your own and your students’ cultural assets to classroom content;
- Review language acquisition stages and design corresponding instruction;
- Collaborate with peers and discuss the realities of reaching out for support and problem solving;
- Choose effective and appropriate instructional strategies based on documentation of data through progress monitoring;
- Move from a traditional behavioristic perspective to a more culturally responsive perspective;
- Identify patterns in formal assessments and informal instruction in order to distinguish between language differences and learning disabilities.
In addition, the book includes a number of activities and graphs that can be implemented immediately in any classroom. Many of these materials can be downloaded for free from the book’s product page: www.routledge.com/9781138577756.
Foreword by Catherine Collier
Meet the Authors
Chapter 1: The Role of the Cultural Self in Teaching and Learning
Chapter 2: File Review: Get to Know Your Students’ Culture(s) and Language(s)
Chapter 3: Inclusive Classrooms Begin With Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Chapter 4: Collaboration for Resilient Socioemotional Identities
Chapter 5: Moving Beyond Behavior Management to Student Empowerment
Chapter 6: Weighing Evidence: Challenges Due to Intrinsic or Extrinsic Conditions?
Chapter 7: Discussion and Final Thoughts
Appendix A: Trent’s Full IEP
Appendix B: Emotion Words List
Appendix C: Rosa's AQS III Scoring Form
Appendix D: Jun's NLP
Appendix E: Jun's AQS III Scoring Form
Appendix F: Collaborating with Families of English Language Learners, the "Sharing Basket" Project"
Appendix G: Rosa’s Story
Appendix H: When I Feel Angry, I Can Make Choices. I Can Handle My Anger in Good Ways!
Appendix I: Strategies and Examples for Less Acculturated Students