2nd Edition

Literacy Development with English Learners
Research-Based Instruction in Grades K-6

Edited By

Lori Helman

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ISBN 9781462526598
Published August 28, 2016 by Guilford Press
350 Pages

USD $35.00

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Book Description

As the number of students learning English in elementary schools across the country continues to grow, so does the body of research on their literacy development. This respected course text and teacher resource synthesizes cutting-edge scholarship on how to teach English learners (ELs) at all levels of English proficiency. Accessible chapters on key components of reading and writing combine theoretical issues with practical suggestions for the classroom. Case studies, vignettes, and samples of student work illustrate both the challenges facing emergent bilingual students and the types of high-quality instruction that can help them succeed.

New to This Edition
*Incorporates the latest research and key current topics, such as bilingual assessment.
*Chapter on vocabulary instruction across the elementary grades.
*Chapter on collaborative teaching and how to structure it.
*Covers implementation of the Common Core State Standards with ELs.

Table of Contents

1. Factors Influencing Second Language Literacy Development: A Road map for Teachers, Lori Helman
2. Culturally Responsive Instruction: Application to Multiethnic, Multilingual Classrooms, Kathryn H. Au
3. Explicit Language Instruction: A Key to Academic Success for English Learners, Susana Dutro, Raquel Mendia Núñez, & Lori Helman
4. Improving the Language and Literacy Assessment of Emergent Bilinguals, Georgia Earnest García & Christina P. DeNicolo
5. The Literacy Development of Emergent Bilinguals: What Do We Know about Each Student's Literacy Development?, Donald R. Bear & Regina E. Smith
6. Emergent Literacy: Planting the Seeds for Accomplished Reading and Writing, Lori Helman
7. Opening Doors to Texts: Planning Effective Phonics Instruction with Emergent Bilinguals, Lori Helman
8. English Learners and Fluency Development: More Than Speed and Accuracy, M. Kristiina Montero & Melanie R. Kuhn
9. Exploring Ways to Foster the Reading Comprehension of English Learners: Learning from Yeng and Luis, Cynthia H. Brock, Rachel G. Salas, Suzette Serafini Youngs, & Eleni Oikonomidoy
10. Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners across the Elementary Grades, Rebecca D. Silverman, Ana Taboada Barber, C. Brie Doyle, & Shane Templeton
11. Examining Teacher Dispositions toward Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, Julie L. Pennington & Rachel G. Salas
12. Collaborative Practices to Support Implementation of the Common Core State Standards with K–5 English Learners, Andrea Honigsfeld & Maria G. Dove with Christine Seebach & Kyriaki Dimitrakakis
13. Effective Instructional Practices for Emergent Bilinguals, Lori Helman
14. Literacy Development with English Learners: Concluding Thoughts, Lori Helman

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Lori Helman, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, where she is also Director of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research. Her research investigates literacy development and effective teaching practices for emergent bilinguals at the elementary school level. She teaches classes on literacy learning in diverse contexts, literacy instruction with English learners, reading assessment and reading difficulty, and literacy leadership for reading specialists as they develop expertise across their professional careers. Dr. Helman is the author or coauthor of seven other books and has written chapters, articles, and curriculum support materials that investigate second-language literacy learning and guide teachers to apply this research in their classrooms.


"I enjoyed reading this whole volume--it covers all the current topics in the field. The book's strength lies in its grounding in a comprehensive literacy development framework that integrates linguistic, psychological, sociological, cultural, and educational perspectives, and that views the teacher as a reflective practitioner and collaborator. All components of literacy (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing) are addressed, making the book a valuable resource for preservice and inservice elementary educators."--Margarita Calderón, PhD, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scientist, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University

"Literacy Development with English Learners, Second Edition, affords teachers, instructional coaches, and teacher educators the opportunity to have an up-to-date, research-based guide at their fingertips. This edition provides a thorough look at the critical components educators need to help our growing population of English learners achieve academic success. Taking a multifaceted approach that involves both classroom instruction and culturally relevant practices, the book provides usable suggestions for establishing an effective literacy program for English learners."--Lori Henry, EL Coordinator, Austin Public Schools, Minnesota

"I only wish this book were small enough to fit into my pocket, because it gives teachers, principals, and literacy coaches exactly what we need as we work every day to create the richest possible environments for English learners--and to deliver the kind of specific, targeted, explicit instruction that will accelerate their progress. The authors in this all-star cast draw on up-to-date research while keeping the hectic pace of classroom life in mind. The book is studded with stories of kids, lists of tips, and inspirational passages that can provide us with North Star guidance."--Lucy Calkins, PhD, Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature and Founding Director, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University 

"Kudos to Helman and her contributors for providing a comprehensive and cohesive text designed for courses targeting the language and literacy development of ELs. The expanded second edition communicates theoretical foundations, positive dispositions, and research-based practices that preservice and inservice teachers can enact to upgrade instruction. This teacher-friendly book is infused with respect for students, teachers, and the processes they engage in to be successful."--Kathleen A. J. Mohr, EdD, School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Utah State University 

"Offers literacy instructors contextualized discussions of the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and issues associated with teaching English language learners. The chapters include real-life scenarios that ground the content in relatable situations."--Kathryn Prater, PhD, elementary English teacher, The Magellan International School, Austin, Texas