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Resources for Grades 9-12
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Classroom Resources and Instructional Strategies: Grades 9-12


Burt, M., Peyton, J. K., & Adams, R. (2003). Reading and adult English language learners: A review of the research. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.

Learning to read in English is difficult for adult (aged 16 and older) English language learners. This book summarizes the research on adult English language learners reading English, offers ESL teachers and administrators suggestions for instruction, and points to areas where further research is needed.

Cunningham, P. M. & Hall, D. P. (1998). Month-by-month phonics for upper grades. Greensboro, NC: Carson-Dellosa.

This program is designed especially for struggling readers and students learning English. The authors promote a balanced diet of reading that includes not only phonics, but also guided reading, self-selected reading, writing, and working with words.

Short, D. J. (Ed.). (1999). New ways in teaching English at the secondary level. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

This book offers an international collection of best practices that addresses the needs of ESL and EFL educators working with students aged 12-18. The contributions to New Ways in Teaching English at the Secondary Level range among activities involving authentic literature, academic content, multimedia use, peer cooperation, alternative assessment, and career information.

Smallwood, B. A., & McCargo, C. (Eds.). Integrating language and content in secondary school: Instructional strategies and thematic units. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.

ESL and content area teachers worked together to develop lesson plans, instructional strategies, and thematic units that make high school academic material accessible to students learning English. The book contains seven instructional strategies and nine thematic units, with detailed guidelines that can be used independently for effective lesson planning.

Textbook Series

High Point ESL: Success in Language, Literature, Content
Hampton-Brown, Carmel, CA

This instructional series for middle and high school ESL students offers standards-based, ESL lessons with content connections and authentic literature. Geared to national and state language arts standards with attention to math, science, and social studies standards as well, the series provides a development sequence of English language learning from low beginners through advanced levels of proficiency.

Digests and Reports

Adolescent Literacy and Content Area Reading

Strategies for Success: Engaging Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools

Teaching Secondary Language Minority Students

Working With Literacy-Level Adult English Language Learners

Online Resources

The Help! Kit For Secondary Teachers of Migrant English Language Learners

The Help! Kit is a comprehensive resource guide that provides information to teachers who are seeking practical advice on how they can more effectively teach, evaluate, and nurture limited English proficient (LEP) migrant students. The Help! Kit provides mainstream teachers with instructional strategies and resources that will benefit all LEP migrant students and can also assist them with other students who have varying levels of English proficiency and learning styles. Research-based teaching strategies that focus on key content areas and cultural information are also provided in this site. The Help! Kit is fully downloadable from the Web.

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