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ERIC Number: ED523345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 207
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9311-8565-3
Multilevel and Diverse Classrooms
Baurain, Bradley, Ed.; Ha, Phan Le, Ed.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)
The benefits and advantages of classroom practices incorporating unity-in-diversity and diversity-in-unity are what "Multilevel and Diverse Classrooms" is all about. Multilevel classrooms--also known as mixed-ability or heterogeneous classrooms--are a fact of life in ESOL programs around the world. These classrooms are often not only multilevel but also large, multilingual, and multicultural. This volume adds to the growing knowledge base in language education of classroom practices in a variety of settings. Chapters in the volume approach multilevelness from a holistic and humanistic perspective by considering diversity not only in language skills and proficiencies, but also in learning styles, purposes, and contexts. The volume presents practices of teachers who thrive in multilevel classrooms and draw strength from unity. This volume is divided into 4 sections, and contains 16 chapters. The first section, Series Editors' Preface contains (1) The Multifaceted Classroom (Bradley Baurain and Phan Le Ha). The second section, Standing Before a Sea of Faces, contains: (2) Responding to the Challenge of Large Mixed-Ability Classes in China (Alan Seaman); (3) Large Classes and Group Projects: A Curriculum Unit on Tourism in the Philippines (Doris H. Christopher and Roland A. Niez); (4) Speaking in Crowds: Oral Activities for Large Classes With Few Resources (Susan Donnelly Renaud, Elizabeth Tannenbaum, and Michael Jerald); and (5) Every Student Wins: Using "Team English" With Large Multilevel Classes in Thailand (Marguerite G. MacDonald and Ian L. Smith). Spurring Creativity and Imagination contains: (6) Go to Commercial: Using Television Commercials in Multilevel EFL Classrooms (Frank Tuzi, Ann Junko Young, and Keiko Mori); (7) Photography as a Cultural Text for Language Learning (Walter Gene Pleisch and Joel See); (8) iDeas for iPods in the Multilevel Language Classroom (Troy Cox, Robb Mark McCollum, and Benjamin L. McMurry); (9) Teaching Smart, Using Art: Creativity at Work in Mixed-Ability Classes (Linda M. Holden); and (10) Online Comics: Writing, Reading, and Telling Stories in English (Bill Zimmerman). Expanding the Boundaries contains: (11) Culturally Responsive Teaching in a Colorful Classroom (Roby Marlina); (12) Unity and Diversity in a Theology Class: Learning English for Academic Reading and Writing (Iris Devadason); (13) Teaching With Students: Effective Instruction in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms (Karla Garjaka); (14) Minds Working Together: Scaffolding Academic Writing in a Mixed-Ability EFL Class (Le Van Canh and Nguyen Thi Thuy Minh); (15) Self-Access Language Learning: Accommodating Diversity (Garold Murray); and (16) Building a Community of Mixed-Ability Learners: Connect, Network, Empower (Jo Bertrand). References and an index are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Philippines; Thailand