Joy L. Egbert and Gisela Ernst-Slavit
Access to Academics:
Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs
Written specifically for K-12 pre-service and in-service content area teachers who work with ELLs, this book recognizes that teachers are the ultimate decision-makers when it comes to instruction and is geared towards helping teachers think about issues in ways that they may not have previously considered.
Access to Academics: Planning Instruction for K-12 Classrooms with ELLs takes a different approach to language–addressing it as a tool students must use constantly, in a variety of school venues and in different ways depending on the context. The book shows language as vital to content access and thereby academic achievement, but, more importantly, it also provides step-by-step instructions explaining how to help students acquire the language they need. Although the main emphasis is on English language learners (ELLs), the term “diverse learners” used throughout also encompasses the great variety in any classroom of student backgrounds, abilities, needs, and interests.
"This book carefully outlines exactly what the classroom teacher needs to do in order to correctly accommodate ELL students in the content area classroom."
- Kimberley Kreicker, Ph.D., Emporia State University, Lawrence, Kansas
Joy Egbert, PhD, is Professor of ESL and Education Technology at Washington State University, Pullman. She is an award winning teacher, materials developer, and researcher. She is the author of Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice (Pearson, 2009), CALL Essentials (TESOL, Inc, 2005), and seven other books for ESL and technology-using teachers, in addition to many other publications.
Dr. Gisela Ernst-Slavit is a professor at Washington State University Vancouver. She investigates language and education in culturally and linguistically diverse settings using ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives. She teaches courses in ESL methods, sociolinguistics, research on second language teaching and learning, and critical issues for Latino students.