Favorite ESOL Teacher Books

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Professional Learning Books for Teachers of English Learners

As an educator and leader, I’ve continually sought growth through invaluable resources that have profoundly shaped my teaching career, offering practical strategies and insights. These resources have significantly enhanced my effectiveness as a teacher and leader of multilingual learners and fostered greater educator engagement.

Increase your confidence and become a teacher leader in your building. Master collaboration, differentiation, reading development, scaffolding, and much more. Please note that this article contains affiliate links, and that means that I may earn a commission at no cost to you.

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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 ELs. 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?

Why Do English Learners Struggle with Reading is a wonderful resource that addresses research related to reading and English Learners. This book 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.


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, as well as practical examples of how these principles can be enacted in classrooms (Short, Becker, Cloud, Hellman, Levine 2018, p. viii). Read the first 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 ELs.  

Understanding the psychology of mindsets helped me develop relationships when working with people. Read 1st chapter!

The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students

The ELL Teacher’s Toolkit (The Teacher’s Toolbox Series) provides hundreds of practical ideas for supporting your students. 

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.

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