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Helpful Resources for Preservice and In-Service Teachers and Academics

Routledge’s books for K–12 world language teachers include The World Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning, 2nd Edition: Strategies and Activities for Increasing Student Engagement, by Deborah Blaz (9781138049574; $34.95), as well as Differentiated Instruction, 2nd Edition: A Guide for World Language Teachers, by Deborah Blaz (9781138906181; $35.95). These books provide a plethora of practical strategies that are easy to implement and that will help teachers personalize instruction, keeping students engaged in language learning. Free downloadable versions of some of the tools and handouts in these books are available on the Routledge website (search book and then e-resources tab), so teachers can print and distribute them for immediate classroom use. Routledge also publishes books on dual-language instruction and culturally responsive teaching. An Educator’s Guide to Dual Language Instruction: Increasing Achievement and Global Competence K–12, by Gayle Westerberg and Leslie Davison (9781138946576; $35.95), features step-by-step instructions and strategies, as well as inspirational stories from educators in urban and rural dual-language programs across the country. Topics include choosing a model for a dual-language program and involving stakeholders; implementing a standards-based instructional framework focused on direct vocabulary instruction; setting proficiency targets and using internal and external assessments to track students’ progress; and incorporating technology. Determining Difference from Disability: What Culturally Responsive Teachers Should Know, by Gerry McCain and Megan Farnsworth (9781138577756; $34.95), offers clear guidelines for determining if the culturally or linguistically diverse (CLD) students/English language learners (ELLs) in a general education classroom are experiencing typical language differences, learning disabilities, or both.

Readers will discover how to move from a traditional behavioristic perspective to a more culturally responsive perspective and how to identify patterns in formal assessments and informal instruction in order to distinguish between language differences and learning disabilities. Resources for preservice teachers include Eli Hinkel’s ESL and Applied Linguistics series, featuring books such as Understanding and Teaching English Spelling (9781138082670; $52.95). The book provides preservice and practicing English language teachers with the knowledge they need to successfully teach the spelling of English. Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning (9781138228498; $49.95) assembles a diverse range of research studies on the role of plurilingualism across a wide variety of teaching and learning settings. Other key titles include Global Perspectives on Language Education Policies (9781138090828; $49.95) and Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts (9781138647602; $49.95). www.routledge.com/posts/14546

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