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The key components of language and literacy for English learners

Literacy Foundations for English Learners

A Comprehensive Guide to Evidence-Based Instruction

Edited by Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, CDT, CALT, QI

An essential text for courses on literacy foundations and biliteracy, this accessible book will give readers the knowledge base they need to help English learners develop strong literacy skills and achieve academic success.

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About the book

More than 5 million English learners attend U.S. public schools—and yet fewer than 3% of teachers are certified to work with them. Fill that gap in teacher education with this practical and comprehensive textbook, an evidence-based guide to providing English learners in Pre-K–Grade 6 with explicit, systematic instruction on language and literacy fundamentals.

Aligned with IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards, this book prepares future educators to teach English learners the key components of language and literacy, as first described in the Report of the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth. For each component, readers will get a dedicated chapter with research-based insights on how to teach English learners, guidance on making connections across languages when teaching that component, and ready-to-use principles and strategies for instruction. Learning objectives, study questions, and extended application activities help educators grow their knowledge and apply it in their classrooms.

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Supplement your teaching with these Online Companion Materials

  • Sample Syllabus
  • PowerPoint slides for each chapter
  • Technology resources guide

Meet the editor

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, CDT, CALT, QI

Dr. Cardenas-Hagan is a bilingual speech and language pathologist, a certified teacher, dyslexia therapist, certified academic language therapist and a qualified instructor. She is the President of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas and works with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Houston.
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Invited contributors: Coleen D. Carlson, Ph.D.Linda O. Cavazos, Ph.D.Elaine Cheesman, Ph.D.Virginia Lovelace-Gonzalez, M.Ed., CALTKenneth Niese,r M.A.Sharolyn Pollard-Durodola, Ed.D.Colleen Klein Reutebuch, Ph.D.Alessandra Rico, M.Ed.Eric Tridas, M.D.

Foreword Author: Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D.

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About the Online Materials
About the Editor
About the Contributors.
Foreword  Sharon Vaughn

Section I   Introduction to English Learners, Language, and Literacy
1   Teaching Literacy Skills to English Learners
2   Language and Literacy Development
3   Components of Literacy Instruction for English Learners

Section II   The Components of Literacy and English Learners
4   Phonological Awareness Development Among English Learners
5   Phonics Development Among English Learners
6   Reading Fluency Among English Learners
7   Vocabulary Instruction Among English Learners
8   Reading Comprehension Among English Learners
9   Spelling Development Among English Learners
10   Writing Development Among English Learners

Appendix  Using Technology to Adapt and Enhance Instruction for English Learners

More resources

  • book excerpt that includes the full table of contents
  • A slide deck that provides a comprehensive overview of the book
  • A webinar on structured literacy instruction for English learners
  • sample syllabus that shows how to use this book in your course