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Title:
When they don't all speak English : integrating the ESL student into the regular classroom
Author:
Rigg, Pat.
Publication Information:
Urbana, Ill. : National Council of Teachers of English, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xx, 156 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780814156933
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Book

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This book consists of ten different papers to aid the integration of English-as-a-second-language students into the regular, i.e., first-language, classroom. They are based on the obvious but important principles: "1. People who are learning a second language are, first of all, people. 2. Learning a language means learning to do the things you want to do with people who speak that language. 3. A person's second language, like the first, develops globally, not linearly. 4. Language develops best in a variety of rich contexts. 5. Literacy is part of language, so writing and reading develop alongside speaking and listening" (introd.). All ten papers illustrate the application of these principles to various classroom activities. What is good for the first-language student is even better and more necessary for the learner of another language: meaningful communication in an understandable environment is the most effective way of teaching any language. These are familiar principles, and these articles provide some practical advice on implementing them: Forget the skills and piece-at-a-time approach and increase the meaningfulness of the language. Recommended, for any teacher who is a "language" teacher, regardless of subject. Recommended also for academic libraries serving education majors. -W. D. Miller, Cochise College