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How the Ell Brain Learns


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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, is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of more than a dozen books that translate brain research into strategies for improving learning. He has presented to more than 200,000 educators across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. He has taught high school chemistry and served in administrative positions, including superintendent of schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University. Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and several other languages. He is past president of the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has received honorary degrees and awards for his commitment to research, professional development, and science education. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and National Public Radio to discuss his work with schools using brain research.


"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
"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
"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 *

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