A Teacher's Perspective: Programs for Teaching English Language Learnersby: Mary Rizzuto, Needham Science Center, Needham (Massachusetts) Public Schools

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In their essay, “Programs for Teaching English Language Learners,” page 129, Fred Genesee and Donna Christian take an in-depth look at some of the most frequently used educational approaches for teaching students who are learning English. They describe two distinct types of programs: those that promote proficiency in English as quickly as possible and those that develop students’ proficiency in their first language while simultaneously promoting their acquisition of English. Mary Rizzuto, a science curriculum instructional specialist for the Needham Public Schools in Needham, Massachusetts, shares her perspective.

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  • on Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:00 AM

Mary Rizzuto, a science curriculum instructional specialist for the Needham Public Schools reflects on how she used sheltered instruction. This instruction technique couples the learning of academic content at the same time that they promote students’ development in English. Understanding the diversity learners bring to instruction and building upon their understanding is key

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

  • on Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:40 PM

This essay is actually a reflection on a different chapter in this book which leaves the reader wondering what the author refers to. However, it also presents a number of strategies the author has used in her classroom to meet the needs of ELL students which demonstrate how she uses Sheltered Instruction in her curriculum. Those are helpful.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

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