Eileen Whelan Ariza, Susanne I. Lapp

ISBN-13: 978-1-935987-30-7

# pages: 420

Publish Date: Feb 2012

Suggested Retail: $44.95



Part 1:  English and the Diverse Learner
Part 2:  Literacy
Part 3:  Assessment
Part 4:  Culture
Part 5:  Methodologies of Language Teaching and Learning

“Literacy, Language, and Culture:  Methods and Strategies for Mainstream Teachers with Not-so-Mainstream Learners dovetails personal narrative with professional strategies that will empower teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners.”

-Jennifer Lynne Bird, Ph.D.

“This book speaks to ELD and mainstream teachers alike, simply and directly.  The authors, expert and experienced teachers of ELLs, have contributed a useful gamut of knowledge and skills to share with colleagues, both practicing and prospective.  From cover to cover, this book has enriched my professional life, offering clarity in the face of complexity and organization in the midst of often-bewildering details.”

-Lynne Diaz-Rico, Ed.D.

Table of Contents

Part 1. English and the Diverse Learner

Chapter 1. Who Are the Diverse Learners of Today?

Part 2. Literacy

Chapter 2. Introduction to Literacy
Chapter 3. Bilingualism and Primary Language Literacy
Chapter 4. Grammar for Mainstream Teachers
Chapter 5. Cultural Aspects of Writing
Chapter 6. Media Centers and Libraries for ELLs
Chapter 7. Learning Centers for ELLs

Part 3. Assessment

Chapter 8. Effective Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students

Part 4. Culture

Chapter 9. Introduction to Culture
Chapter 10. African American
Chapter 11. Arab
Chapter 12. Brazilian
Chapter 13. Cambodian
Chapter 14. Chinese
Chapter 15. Haitian
Chapter 16. Hispanic/Latino
Chapter 17. Hmong
Chapter 18. Indian
Chapter 19. Jamaican
Chapter 20. Korean
Chapter 21. Native American/American Indian
Chapter 22. Pacific Islander/Hawaiian/Samoan
Chapter 23. Russian

Part 5. Methodologies of Language Teaching and Learning

Chapter 24. Introduction to Methodologies of Language Teaching and Learning
Chapter 25. The Direct Method/Berlitz Method
Chapter 26. The Natural Approach

About the Author(s): Eileen Whelan Ariza

Eileen N. Whelan Ariza

Dr. Eileen N. Whelan Ariza is a professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.  She received her doctorate in multilingual/multicultural education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She received a master’s degree in TESOL, and Spanish as a second language, and an endorsement in bilingual education at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Before moving to Florida, Dr. Ariza was a Teaching Fellow in the English Language Institute at Harvard University, and taught English learners in several countries.  In 2009, Dr. Ariza was a Fulbright scholar at La Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.

Dr. Ariza’s expertise is preparing teachers to be successful instructors of English learners in the mainstream classroom. She has authored and coauthored multiple internationally popular books (especially Not for ESOL Teachers: What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know About the Linguistically, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Student, Pearson Publishing) and over 45 publications that focus on teacher preparation and language learning. She has taught ESOL abroad and in the United States, and has been an invited presenter on related topics at conferences and workshops in many countries and in a multitude of national and international venues.


Dr. Ariza has won many awards such as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year (FAU), Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, (FAU), Broward Achievement Award (FAU), Outstanding Alumni Award from Worcester State College, and Excellence in Teaching at Harvard University.  For several years she was the editor of Essential Teacher, the flagship publication of the international TESOL organization, which reached over 14,000 members in 159 countries.

Presently, Dr. Ariza’s presentations focus on how to adapt content for English learners, and how to distinguish the difference between developmental errors in English language learning and authentic learning disabilities.

Susanne I. Lapp

Dr. Susanne I. Lapp is an Associate professor of Education at Florida Atlantic University in Davie, Florida, USA.  She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati with a focus on ESOL and technology, and her Masters in Literacy on second language literacy with emergent readers.  She was an ESOL instructor of graduate students at UC, and later served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, specializing in literacy and bilingual education.  In addition to teaching courses in undergraduate and graduate teacher education at Florida Atlantic University, she has also served as the founding Interim Department Chair of Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry at FAU, and as Division Chair and Professor of Education at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA.  Her other administrative positions include Director of SITA (for training international graduate teaching assistants) at FAU, leading the Study Away program at Seton Hill, Director of the Reading Program at FAU, and Director of the Family Literacy Center in Broward County Schools.

Presently, Dr. Lapp has coauthored several books (such as Building a Literacy Community:  Strategies for Authentic Assessment and Exploring Language Arts through Children’s and Adolescent Literature), published multiple journal articles, and has made over 60 national and international presentations and workshops that concentrate on the preparation of undergraduate and graduate students who teach English reading and language arts in the culturally, linguistically, and ethnically varied classroom.  In the United States, teachers are responsible for adapting reading and language arts content for English language learners through the use of technology. Dr. Lapp has specialized in this area by presenting workshops in the United States as well as various parts of the world such as Brazil and Germany. Her awards include Excellence in Undergraduate Education at FAU.

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