Linking Science and Literature for ESL Students | About ALAThe gap between ESL students' language facility in everyday settings and their verbal skills in content areas such as science poses a big problem. In addition to encountering subjects with which they have no prior knowledge or experiences, ESL students find the structure of textbooks confusing and the level of new vocabulary-especially technical terminology-almost paralyzing. Teachers need supplemental materials that extend concepts, offer additional explanation, and utilize simpler vocabulary. Children's literature supplies a powerful alternative. Trade books provide current information on a multitude of topics, in varied and innovative formats, using appealing illustrations and language. In short, they provide excellent support for science instruction.
Science Instruction for ELLs
A copy of this book purchased by an individual teacher is that teacher s property and can travel with her from school to school. A single copy of this book may not be kept at a resource center and used to service several schools. To be entitled to copy this book, a teacher in the school or the school itself must own an original copy. Please respect copyright. ISBN English language--textbooks for second language learners. Chabot, John F. Anderson, Rosalind III.
Linking Science and Literature for ESL Students, by Nancy L. Hadaway, Sylvia M. Vardell, and Terrell A. Young. A bibliography of books about animals, space.
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Properly Teaching Through ELL Books
No one is paying attention. No one turned in any homework. Cookie-cutter textbooks for ELL students that follow a generic learning approach tend to be boring and will turn your students into a bunch of zombies. For this reason, you need a classroom filled with vibrant and exciting books for ELL students. Researchers have found that ELL students learn better through culturally relevant material , so use your material as a means of cultural exchange.
As a student, did you ever glance at your biology or chemistry textbook and wonder if the language you were reading was really English? Though, to be fair, some of the terminology is rooted in Greek or Latin. I remember when I was a college student working towards my psychology degree, and some of the terminology in my neuroscience textbooks felt like it was a completely different language. The only way that I could make sense of what I was reading was to make my own glossary as I skimmed over the paragraphs. Still, I was reading science books in my native language.