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How the ELL Brain Learns

"This book is one of the best I've read on how the brain functions in second language learners and is invaluable for understanding ELLs with learning disabilities." (Irma Guadarrama, Professor University of Texas Pan American College of Education). "David Sousa puts all of the research about the brain together to show the process of learning multiple languages and offers ways to implement effective teaching strategies with quality instruction." (Sharon Latimer, ESL Teacher Plano ISD, TX). Raise your ELL success quotient and watch student achievement soar! Teachers are more likely to succeed if they have a deeper understanding of the challenges students face in trying to learn English and course content simultaneously. "How the ELL Brain Learns" combines current research on how the brain learns language with strategies for teaching English language learners in K-12 classrooms. Award-winning author and brain research expert David A. Sousa describes the linguistic reorganization needed to acquire another language after the age of 5 years. He supplements this information with immediately applicable tools, including: a self-assessment tool for gauging your understanding of how the brain learns languages; ready-to-use brain-compatible strategies for teaching English learners across the curriculum; and, an entire chapter about how to detect English language learning problems, with sections on the social, cultural, and physical causes. Each chapter includes teaching tips that translate the research into step-by-step classroom applications. Also included are intervention strategies to use with struggling ELLs, including methods for working with older students.
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Table of Contents

List of Teaching Tips About the Author Acknowledgments Introduction Who are English Language Learners? About This Book What Do You Already Know? 1. Learning the First Language(s) Spoken Language Comes Naturally Structure of Language Levels of Language Comprehension Learning Two First Languages What's Coming Key Points to Ponder 2. Learning a New Language (English) Later The Challenge of Acquiring a New Language Later Learning English Is Not Easy What's Coming Key Points to Ponder 3. Teaching English Language Listening and Speaking Searching for the Best Model Listening Speaking What's Coming Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder 4. Teaching English Language Reading and Writing Reading Writing What's Coming Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder 5. Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies The Language Components of Learning Content in English Teaching English Language Arts to ELLs Teaching Social Studies to ELLs What's Coming Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder 6. Teaching Mathematics and Science Teaching Mathematics to ELLs Teaching Science to ELLs What's Coming Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder 7. Recognizing and Addressing Problems in Learning English Learning Problem or Learning Disability? Helping ELLs With Learning Disabilities What's Coming Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder 8. Putting It All Together The Diversity of English Language Learners Misconceptions About ELLs and English Language Acquisition Basic Components for ELL Instruction Gifted and Talented ELLs Conclusion Teaching Tips Key Points to Ponder Glossary References Resources Index

About the Author

David A. Sousa, EdD, an international consultant in educational neuroscience, has written 16 books for educators and parents on ways of using brain research to improve teaching and learning. He has conducted workshops for more than two hundred thousand educators in hundreds of school districts on brain research and science education at the pre-K to Grade 12 and university levels. He has presented at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Sousa has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, a master of arts degree in teaching science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught high school science and has served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and at Rutgers University. A past president of the National Staff Development Council (now called Learning Forward), Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published numerous articles in leading educational journals on staff development, science education, and brain research. He has received awards from professional associations, school districts, and Bridgewater State University (Distinguished Alumni Award), and several honorary doctorates for his commitment and contributions to research, staff development, and science education. He has been interviewed on the NBC Today show and on National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.


"David Sousa's books serve as manuals for the application of empirically-validated strategies, meeting the needs of hopeful teachers and parents alike in almost any instructional context: home-school, classroom, or higher education. I would be excited to use this text with my students who are unfamiliar with the issues involved in reaching ELL students in the classroom." -- Gita Upreti, Assistant Professor of Special Education * Education Review, 14, June 2011 * "This book is one of the best I've read on how the brain functions in second language learners, and is invaluable for learning about ELLs with learning disabilities." -- Irma Guadarrama, Professor "This book puts all of the research about the brain together to show what is happening during the process of learning multiple languages. It is very informative in showing how to implement effective teaching strategies with quality instruction." -- Sharon Latimer, ESL Teacher

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