Experts in the field of assessment of literacy development of bilingual learners have contributed articles that provide tools to help classroom teachers assess literacy.
In response to the increasingly diverse bilingual population of our schools, this book offers clear, research-based and class tested perspectives so that teachers can work with the literacy needs and levels of their students. Literacy Assessment of Second Language Learners views literacy as a social, linguistic and cognitive process. Abilities developed in one language are used and transferred to a second language. The approach to assessment is authentic and meaning based as compared to traditional, formal assessment. This text also takes into account the unique circumstances of second language learners.
For educators of a Second Language.
In recent years, the issue of assessment has been prominent in debates about educational reform in general; so, too, is it a concern within the field of second-language learning. This text offers teachers and teacher trainees, particularly those in K to 8 settings, theoretical and practical information. Each chapter includes a real life classroom situation, an overview of research related to assessment issues raised in the chapter, and practical classroom applications of specific assessment tools. The book contains a number of assessment instruments which can be copied or adapted for classroom use. Contributors include specialists in bilingual education, multicultural education, linguistics, teacher training, and language arts education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)