Bilingual and ESL Classrooms is a classic text that integrates theory and practice to provide comprehensive coverage of bilingual and ESL education.
The text covers the foundations of bilingual and ESL education and strongly focuses on what the teacher needs to know in a bilingual classroom. Throughout the text, quotes from bilingual and ESL students and teachers illuminate the bilingual/ESL learning and teaching experience.
Bilingual and ESL Classrooms: Teaching in Multicultural Contexts
This sixth edition of Bilingual and ESL Classrooms is a very different text from the first five editions, which were published in 1985, 1998, 2003, 2006, and 2012, respectively. Since the release of the first three editions, the field has matured dramatically, and the research knowledge upon which it is based has expanded enormously. We think this is good news! In writing this sixth edition, we have worked hard to continue providing an accurate, carefully written, and detailed overview of our field.
The major goal of this book continues to be to take a comprehensive look at research, policy, and evidence-grounded effective practices in U.S. schools for students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The demographic predictions still are that students with close connections to their bilingual/bicultural heritages (now labeled “English language learners” by the federal government, with this label being widely used in the field) will be very large in number in the near future, becoming the majority in many states over the next two decades (see chapter 1).
Thus, we educators urgently need to provide appropriate, meaningful, and effective schooling for these students, who too often have been underserved by U.S. schools. This book speaks to all educators, with the goal of providing rich examples of effective practices and their underlying research knowledge base.
Here are the main features of this book:
- Coverage of the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act.
- An expanded and updated “Human Face of Bilingual Students and ELLs.”
- A revised, co-authored student chapter.
- A thoroughly revised assessment chapter.
- A revised chapter on bilingual special education.