Preparing the Way: Teaching English Learners in the Pre-K – 12 Classroom (3rd Ed.)

Coming in Spring 2018!

Data show English learners (ELs) enrolled in PreK-12 public schools are the fastest growing population; yet, research shows that ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) training is not required for all educators and school personnel across the nation. In the 3rd edition, the editor facilitates the development of a reader-friendly ESOL guide for teachers, administrators, and school personnel through access to links and documents at www.esolinhighered.org. Twelve authors, with vast years of experience in TESOL, examine the struggles and challenges educators and ELs face in the mainstream classroom. Specific examples include: a teacher’s appreciation and understanding of the legal foundations of ESOL; encouragement and value of one’s own cultural awareness; a deeper knowledge of the aspects of the English language and its subsystems; an investigation of SLA theories and their application to the classroom; an examination of WIDA resources and links; ways to identify and meet the needs of SLIFE; an analysis of ELs with special needs; a reflection on gifted ELs; a discovery about the role of bilingualism; and assessment measures for ELs. This state-of-the-art edition makes connections at the beginning of every chapter to literacy and lesson planning with “new” teacher vignettes spanning several states. Additionally, educators will appreciate the hands-on practical activities, which provide for a strong knowledge base to plan appropriate lessons and interpret assessment data. This edition added an online multiple-choice test bank for every chapter. It is a valuable resource for ALL educators pursuing ways to meet the needs of ELs in U.S. mainstream classrooms.

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Title: Preparing the Way: Teaching ELs in the PreK-12 Classroom (3rd Edition)

Publisher: Kendall Hunt Publishing

Editor: Jane M. Govoni

Authors: 12 Experts in the Field of ESOL – see below

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Contact: Leah Schneider at:  lschneider@kendallhunt.com  

Overview of Table of Contents


  • Introduction: Jane Govoni
  • Literacy strategy: Talking drawings
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Miller, 3rd grade, Florida
  • Major court cases related to English learners
  • Florida legislation

Chapter 1 – Implications of the Florida Consent Decree

  • Gloria M. Artecona-Pelaez
  • Literacy strategy: 60 second chat
  • The EICM Model
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions


  • Introduction
  • Jane Govoni
  • Literacy strategy: Exclusion brainstorming
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Gerrior, Kindergarten, Ohio
  • Professional Journal: Analysis of language and culture

Chapter 2 – Transforming Challenges into Opportunities: Becoming a Culturally Proficient Educator

  • Samuel S. Perkins
  • Literacy strategy: Probable passage
  • Characteristics of culture
  • Culture and learning styles
  • Literacy strategy: Think-pair-share
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 3 – Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

  • Andrea DeCapua
  • Literacy strategy: Teach the text backward
  • Teacher vignette: Mrs. Muñoz, Mrs. Mondicano, Mr. Ramesh, 9th grade, Massachusetts
  • Literacy
  • The dimensions of collectivism and individualism
  • The mutually adaptive learning paradigm (MALP®)
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions


  • Introduction
  • Jane Govoni
  • Literacy strategy: Dear teacher
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Woodward, 5th grade, New York

Chapter 4 – The Fundamentals of Applied Linguistics: Communication through

  • Language 
  • Elizabeth Platt
  • Literacy strategy: Anticipation guide
  • Phonology, Morphology, Syntax
  • Semantics, Pragmatics
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 5 – Analyzing Theories of Second Language Acquisition

  • María Beatriz Mendoza, Elizabeth Platt, and Teresa Lucas
  • Literacy strategy: Previewing
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Woodward (continued)
  • Approaches to language development
  • SCT in the language classroom
  • Literacy strategy: Story mapping
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions


  • Introduction
  • Jane Govoni
  • Literacy strategy: Wordsplash
  • Teacher vignette: Mr. Schroeder, Ms. Li, and Ms. Wu, Middle School, Minnesota

Chapter 6 – Bilingualism in the Classroom

  • Oneyda Paneque and Teresa Lucas
  • Literacy strategy: Teach the text backward
  • Benefits of bilingualism
  • Concepts for teachers, Principles of skill transfer
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 7 – Making the Connection to Literacy: English Learners with Disabilities

  • Diane Rodriguez and Esmeralda Rodriguez
  • Literacy strategy: KWL
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Smith, North Carolina
  • Literacy and English learners with disabilities
  • Strategies to improve reading skills of English learners with disabilities
  • Assessment of English learners with disabilities
  • Case Study: Griselda
  • Literacy strategy: Character frames
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 8 – Identifying and Serving Gifted ELs

  • Cindy Lovell
  • Literacy strategy: First lines
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Lovell, Florida
  • Perceptions and Misconceptions about gifted students
  • Underrepresentation of ELs in gifted programs
  • Serving gifted ELs in the mainstream classroom
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 9 – Using Proficiency Testing to Improve Instruction: WIDA Access 2.0 for ELLs

  • Florin Mihai
  • Literacy strategy: KWL
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Whitecage, 3rd grade, Ms. Jones, 7th grade science,  
  • and Mr. Blake, 7-8th grade, California
  • Proficiency testing
  • Stage of SLA: A foundation for the WIDA standards
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions

Chapter 10 – ELs and Content Area Assessment: Large-Scale and Classroom-Based

  • Considerations
  • Florin Mihai
  • Teacher vignette: Ms. Whitecage, Ms. Jones, and Mr. Blake (continued) Assessment principles
  • Test accommodations for EL: Definitions and examples
  • ELs and classroom-based assessments
  • Literacy strategy: Sum it Up!
  • Extended Thinking and Synthesis Questions