ERIC Number: EJ1052016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Transformational Opportunities: Language and Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners in the Common Core Era in the United States
Kibler, Amanda K.; Walqui, Aída; Bunch, George C.
TESOL Journal, v6 n1 p9-35 Mar 2015
New demands of the Common Core State Standards imply instructional transformations for all classrooms in the United States, but teachers of students designated as English language learners (ELLs) are among those most likely to feel the impact in their daily professional lives. Language is an integral part of classroom learning in all subject areas, and this article addresses the new and special demands made by the English language arts Common Core Standards that are particularly relevant for the education of ELLs in mainstream and sheltered language arts and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classrooms. The authors propose three key reconceptualizations for teachers of ELLs in English language arts, outlining what is necessary to realize opportunities provided in the standards for these students' linguistic development and academic achievement. They illustrate these reconceptualizations with examples from an instructional unit that has been designed for linguistically diverse middle school Common Core classrooms and exemplifies subject-specific instructional practices that meet the needs of ELLs.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Literacy, State Standards, Mainstreaming, Language Arts, Instructional Innovation, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Special Needs Students, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Change Strategies, Cultural Relevance, Academic Achievement
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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