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Teaching Science to English Language Learners Building on Students' Strengths

ISBN-10: 1933531258
ISBN-13: 9781933531250
Edition: 2008
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Description: Can a student's cultural background support learning in science? Or is concentrating on the specialized vocabulary of science the best way to help Enlish language learners learn science? This book addresses these and other pressing questions you  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: National Science Teachers Association
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Can a student's cultural background support learning in science? Or is concentrating on the specialized vocabulary of science the best way to help Enlish language learners learn science? This book addresses these and other pressing questions you face when working with students whose linguistic and cultural backgrounds as well as their languages are different from our own.Teaching science to English Language Learners combines research findings with classroom vignettes and the perspectives of teachers. The chapter authors strive to support your efforts to see diversity as a resource, rather than as an obstacle, in the science classroom. Among their topics: building on what students know and recognizing students' strengths; teaching vocabulary for learning; supporting the development of academic language; challenges associated with learning a second language; types of programs for teaching English language learners; and using students' cultural resources.Mastering the principles outlined in the book will give any teacher a braod base of knowledge from which to draw. But the book also urges you to think deeply about the roles of diversity. It offers valuable information for reflecting on, experimenting with, and adapting your instructional practices. As the authors note, "the vision of science teaching and learning put forward in this volume is one in which English lanaguage learners have as much to teach their fellow students as they have to learn from them."

Ann Rosebery is a senior researcher at TERC, where she collaborates with teachers to improve science education for students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

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