Closing the Achievement Gap: How to Reach Limited-Formal-Schooling and Long-Term English Learners

| May 10, 2012

Title: Closing the achievement gap : how to reach limited-formal-schooling and long-term English learners

Authors: Yvonne S. Freeman, David E. Freeman & Sandra Mercuri

Publisher: Heinemann

Call Number: PE1128.A2 F744 2002

From the Publisher:

Struggling older English learners pose a real challenge for educators. Some of these students are new arrivals with limited or interrupted schooling. Others have been in and out of ESL and bilingual programs in this country since kindergarten, but have never succeeded academically. How can teachers help older students who lack academic content knowledge and English language proficiency catch up with their classmates? Yvonne and David Freeman provide four research-based keys for closing the achievement gap. Three teachers have put this theory into practice to reach their older English learners. These teachers organize curriculum around themes, use predictable classroom routines, and scaffold instruction in a variety of ways. The clear examples from their classes will help other teachers implement effective practices for their older English learners. For teachers and teacher educators, program directors, resource personnel, and administrators, this book offers both the research and practice schools need to develop effective programs to educate struggling older English learners.

About the Authors:

Dr. Sandra Mercuri is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Brownsville. She has over 18 years of experience in teaching in Argentina and the United States in K-12 schools and at the college level. She teaches courses in bilingual education and biliteracy and is working on research on the development of academic language across the content areas, the role of language in the development of scientific literacy and the effect of long-term professional development for teachers of English learners. She provides training for teachers nationwide and presents at national and international conferences on issues of second language acquisition and bilingualism, dual language education, teacher training and ESL strategies.

Yvonne S. Freeman is a professor of bilingual education in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies of the College of Education at the University of Texas – Brownsville. Yvonne and David Freeman are Heinemann Professional Development Providers and Yvonne is the coauthor or coeditor (with David E. Freeman) of ten Heinemann books.

David E. Freeman is a professor of Reading and ESL in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies of the College of Education at the University of Texas – Brownsville. David and Yvonne Freeman are Heinemann Professional Development Providers.

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