English Learners, Academic Literacy, and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/16
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For educators individually and collectively who aspire to implement a curriculum based on intellectual quality, and who recognize the importance of infusing the teaching of academic literacy across the curriculum, Pauline Gibbons' book provides inspiration and guidance. The wealth of classroom examples based on actual practice convincingly refutes the argument, reflected in much current practice, that EL and low-income students are incapable of benefiting from an intellectually challenging, inquiry-based curriculum.
- engaging deeply with intellectual contexts
- developing academic literacy
- employing reading strategies and improving comprehension
- gaining writing independence and learning content-area genres
- using classroom talk to make sense of new concepts and as a bridge to writing.
Pauline Gibbons taught postgraduate and undergraduate TESOL courses at the University of Technology, Sydney, for many years, and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is also an independent EL consultant and her work with teachers has taken her to Hong Kong, Sweden, Laos, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Marshall Islands, Iran, Germany, UK, and USA. She has published extensively in EL education, including Bridging Discourses in the ESL Classroom: students, teachers and researchers (Continuum, 2006), and two other Heinemann books: Learning to Learn in a Second Language (1993) and English Learners, Academic Literacy and Thinking: Learning in the Challenge Zone (2009).
First of all, I was very disappointed in how long it took for this book to arrive. I ordered this and one other book at the same time (on a Tuesday). The one book was shipped out the next morning and arrived midday Thursday. This book for some reason, didn't get shipped out until Friday (despite being labeled as in-stock)given that there aren't deliveries on Sundays and Monday happened to be a holiday, I didn't get the book until Tuesday evening (a full week after I placed the order). This put me very behind in my required reading for the class.
Secondly, this reading is SUPER dense. It is all about various national studies on educating children. The information is good, but you need to have a big cup of coffee and be well-rested in order to follow the complicated structure, dense writing style, and abundance of references.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book unless it was required for a class and then i would recommend ordering it far in advance just in case.