Resources for Secondary Teachers Working With English Language Learners

Recent report:

Summary of that report:
  • Alliance for Excellent Education. (2007). Issue Brief: Urgent but Overlooked: The Literacy Crisis Among Adolescent English Language Learners.

Multimedia resources:

Additional resources for students:
  • Excellent Overview Paper: Meltzer, J. & Hamann, E. (2005). Meeting the Literacy Development Needs of Adolescent English Language Learners Through Content-Area Learning. Education Alliance at Brown University.
  • Summary of strategies. Short, D. J. Developing Academic Literacy in Adolescent English Language Learners. A brief summary of 8 research-based strategies.
  • Powerpoint. Calderon, M. (2008). Improving the Academic Vocabulary and Content Comprehension of ELLs and Struggling Readers in the Intermediate Grades Through High School. A high quality powerpoint of ten instructional components, related instructional strategies, and practical tips for teachers. Could be used for lectures.
  • Informational Flyer. Calderon, M. (2008). Expediting Language, Literacy and Learning for Adolescent ELLs. A short two page flyer summarizing the types of EL learners and twelve implications for teachers.
  • Research Study. Lesauz, N, Kieffer, S., Faller, S., & Kelley, J. G. (2010). The Effectiveness and Ease of Implementation of an Academic Vocabulary Intervention for Linguistically Diverse Students in Urban Middle Schools. Reading Research Quarterly, 45(2), 196-230. A really nice study that includes a two page lesson format, a visual model to represent the ALIAS instructional model (on p. 207), and a two page lesson example on p. 227 that might be useful for sharing with pre-service teachers.
  • Content Area Resource List. Resources for Middle School Teachers of English Language Learners (Categorized by content area) - See
  • List of Instructional Strategies. Bilingual and Compensatory Education Resource Team, Dearborn Public Schools (2002). Making Content Comprehensible for English Language Learners. A very practical list of instructional strategies and activities to foster academic achievement for diverse students - a nice handout for students to refer to as they move into teaching.
  • Lesson Framework: Kinsella, K., Shea Stump, C., Feldman, D. (2001). Effective Language Arts Lessons for Diverse Student Populations: see
  • Lesson Ideas:

Report to support our course development:
  • McGraner, K. & Saenz, L. (2009). Preparing Teachers of English Language Learners. TQ Connection Issue Paper in Improving Student Outcomes in General and Special Education. Washington DC: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Includes a really nice "Innovation Configuration" on pages 21-24 to consider when evaluating the extent to which our course syllabi address issues of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.