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Favorite ESL professional learning books for teachers of English Learners
On this page, you’ll find a list of the best books for ESL teachers that provide top-notch professional learning to teachers of multilingual learners.
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Differentiating Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners
This guide is packed with ideas for purposeful and differentiated language instruction and assessment that can be applied in most content classrooms. Differentiating instruction and assessment for English language learners contains updated information that every ESL teacher must know to succeed as a teacher leader.
I use this book to plan and guide instruction and assessment for elementary and secondary ELLs. Read 1st chapter!
Collaboration and Co-teaching Strategies for English Language Learners
This is my favorite book addressing collaboration and co-teaching for English language learners.
This book provides a variety of strategies and action items for ESL teachers to collaborate with others. A newer version contains updated information that every ESL teacher must know to succeed as a teacher leader. Read 1st chapter!
Developing Academic Language with the SIOP Model
Provides guidelines for identifying language objectives and incorporating them into lessons. These guidelines include determining what students will learn and considering the language needed to accomplish each objective.
An excellent resource to teach language and content together! See it now!
Learning in a New Language
A comprehensive and accessible guide to best practices for supporting students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a school environment that embraces equity.
A school-wide approach to teaching English learners. Look inside!
Why do English language learners struggle with reading?
This textbook is a wonderful resource that addresses research related to why English learners struggle with reading. It also helps teachers understand how to separate what we sometimes wonder about: is it a disability or a language issue?
The authors provide insightful information about reading development and English learners. Read 1st chapter!
The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners
The 6 Principles for exemplary teaching of English learners lays out important information that teachers should know about English language development and the 6 Principles and practical examples of how these principles can be enacted in classrooms (Short, Becker, Cloud, Hellman, Levine 2018 pviii). Read 1st chapter!
Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential
A long-time favorite. Mindset is one of the first books I read when I began to develop relationships. It helped me re-think my approach to implementing programming for ELLs.
Understanding the psychology of mindsets helped me develop relationships when working with people. Read 1st chapter!
The ELL Teacher’s Toolkit provides hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students (The Teacher’s Toolbox Series) .
Look inside this book to see the great resources at a glance. Read 1st chapter!
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This list grows as I find additional books to share to better support us in teaching English learners. Please note that this article contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn a commission if you buy something. Updated 2/6/2021.