1st Edition

Teaching English Learners Fostering Language and the Democratic Experience

By Kip Tellez Copyright 2011
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines the teaching of English language learners (ELL) by exploring topics not typically covered in theory or methods textbooks. Although methods texts commonly draw readers through well-known strategies such as the audio-lingual method, this book, by contrast, focuses attention on how music can advance and improve language skills. Looking broadly at the sociocultural implications of ELD, Tellez examines the role of the teacher in introducing and inspiring students to learn both a new language and a new society. Furthermore, he offers alterative views of language, and shows how a deeper understanding of it can shape and enrich the lives of both students and teachers. Drawing upon progressive pragmatic philosophy of Dewey, Addams, and Rorty, this book helps teachers to understand the important lineage and profession they have joined (or will join), and the urgent role they play as agents of democratic ideals and actions."

    Chapter 1 ELD; Chapter 2 English-Language Learners in the United States; Chapter 3 Language Acquisition or Learning?; Chapter 4 Bilingual Education, ELD, and the Debate; Chapter 5 Language Teaching; Chapter 6 The Eld Teacher; Chapter 7 Teaching Ells and the Democratic Ideal;


    Kip Tellez is Associate Professor in the Education Department at University of California—Santa Cruz. Prior to joining UCSC in 2000, he taught elementary and high school in east Los Angeles county. His instructional focus has always been on teaching English-language learners. An interest in educational linguistics led him to earn his PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. After graduate school, he began his first academic position at the University of Houston, where he taught courses on methods and theories of second language education, while also working to initiate two-way dual immersion programs in the Houston/Galveston area. At UCSC he has continued his research on language teaching and learning, while also teaching the English Learning Development courses in the Masters/Credential program. He is currently serving as the chair of the Education Department.Combining his interests in English-language teaching with teacher education, he has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and The Bilingual Research Journal. He also published an edited book (with Hersh Wax-man) in 2006 titled, Preparing (Quality Educators for English Language Learners.

    “Teaching English Learners is a valuable resource with ideas about how to think about ELLs and what they need to learn English. Recommended.”

    “The heart of this excellent book is an affirming view consistent with caring theory. It shows how commitment to sound educational practice for English language development educators is more of a personal, rather than professional, desire or orientation. This book centers educational change on effective pedagogy and challenges the reader to undergo a transformation process that is more inside-out rather than outside-in.”
    —Angela Valenzuela, University of Texas-Austin, and author of Subtractive Schooling and Leaving Children Behind

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