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Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction

Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Spelling, Phonics, and Vocabulary Instruction
Author: Donald R. Bear - Lori Helman - Marcia Invernizzi -
ISBN 13: 9780131915671
ISBN 10: 131915673
Edition: 1
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication Date: 2006-10-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $45.99

Words Their Way with English Learners

One reality of today’s classrooms is the limited help available to teachers trying to support English learners’ literacy skills.  The educators and researchers who developed Words Their Way understand this challenge.  Their original text, a phenomenon in word study, provides the proven framework and application to allow students to develop literacy skills.  And now they apply this approach to teaching English learners. 

Based on the same solid research, Words Their Way with English Learners helps you determine what your students bring with them from their home languages, where their instruction in English orthography should begin, and how best to move these students through their development.


  • Chapters 1 through 3 introduce you to the stages of spelling and reading development, the assessments to use, and the best ways to organize your classroom for word study. 
  • Each subsequent chapter focuses on a specific stage of spelling, outlining the most appropriate and effective word study instruction for this audience, from the Emergent learner through readers and writers in the Derivational Relations stage. 
  • Each of these chapters closes with a rich bank of classroom-proven word study activities that promise to engage your students, motivate them, and improve their oral and written abilities in English. 
  • The Appendix at the back of Words Their Way with English Learners contains all the assessment tools necessary to get word study underway and offers word lists in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Arabic; picture and word sorts; and game templates to advanceword study instruction in diverse K—8 classrooms.

Word study can be a powerful instructional method for teachers and their English learning students.  With this text, you can evaluate students’ langage needs.  Empower your students to grasp this new language at the word level, building skills to understand how English differs from their primary language,and providing them with the skills to predict word meaning through spelling.  Words Their Way with English Learners will help you build vocabulary, spelling, and word recognition skills in your English learners, giving them the foundation to master their new language.