Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling (2e) : 9780136119029

Words Their Way with English Learners: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling (2e)

Helman, Lori et al
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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Word study can be a powerful instructional method for teachers and their English learning students.  With this text, you can evaluate students’ language needs.  Empower your students to grasp this new language at the word level, building skills to understand how English differs from their primary language, and providing them with the skills to predict word meaning through spelling.  Words Their Way with English Learners, 2nd Edition will help you build vocabulary, spelling, and word recognition skills in your English learners, giving them the foundation to master their new language.


One reality of today’s classrooms is the limited help available to teachers trying to support English learners’ literacy skills.  The educators and researchers who developed Words Their Way understand this challenge.  Their original text, a phenomenon in word study, provides the proven framework and application to allow students to develop literacy skills.  And now they apply this approach to teaching English learners. 


Based on the same solid research, Words Their Way with English Learners, 2nd Edition helps you determine what your students bring with them from their home languages, where their instruction in English orthography should begin, and how best to move these students through their development. The second edition includes a DVD that provides word study teaching scenarios to allow teachers to see how to engage in word study with English Learners.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: Word Study with English Learners and the Development of Orthographic Knowledge: Understanding Word Study with English Learners
  • Chapter 2: Getting Started: The Assessment of Orthographic Development
  • Chapter 3: Organizing for Word Study in Multilingual Classrooms: Principles and Practices
  • Chapter 4: Word Study with English Learners in the Emergent Stage
  • Chapter 5: Word Study with English Learners in the Letter Name—Alphabetic Stage
  • Chapter 6: Word Study with English Learners in the Within Word Pattern Stage
  • Chapter 7: Word Study with English Learners in the Syllables and Affixes and Derivational Relations Stages
New to this edition


·         NEW! An extensive media component on an accompanying DVD includes video clips from four classroom programs that implement word study with English learners; electronic forms for managing assessment, planning word study groups, and creating your own sorts, hundreds of prepared sorts and games that match the instructional activities described throughout the book; and foreign language spelling assessments for Chinese Korean, and Spanish speakers.


·         NEW! Instructional ideas based on the most recent research have been included to enhance the theoretical foundation and instructional activities in the book.


·         NEW! Extensive graphics show how to implement the sorts and other word study activities.


·         NEW! A new chapter addresses word study for students at the advanced level of word study, Derivational Relations.


·         NEW! A teacher-friendly introduction clearly presents the theory and assessment of word knowledge development in English.


·         NEW! Hmong translations of all the pictures for sorts and games have been added to the five languages already featured (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese) helping teachers use the vocabulary as a resource for working with students, their families, and community members.


·         NEW! References to multilingual and language-learning materials and websites help teachers access resources that bid on the cultural and linguistic foundations of students from a wide range of backgrounds.


·         NEW! Figures, boxes, and graphic representations break up the text making the material easier to understand.


·         NEW! Numerous pictures and sample sorts clarify how to do the instructional activities through each of the developmental levels.


·         NEW! Developmental sorts and spelling inventories in other languages are on the DVD for easier access.


Features & benefits
  • Includes a DVD that provides word study teaching scenarios to allow teachers to see how to engage in word study with English Learners 
  • Unique! Connects students’ home language with their new language helping children improve their oral and written abilities much more quickly. 
  • Introduces the stages of spelling and reading development, the assessments to use, and the best ways to organize your classroom for word study. 
  • Provide readers with a strong foundation in assessment and help them determine the developmental level of each child. Based on these assessments teachers can then group children with similar developmental abilities.  
  • Organised around 5 developmental levels that outline the most appropriate and effective word study instruction for this audience, from the Emergent learner through readers and writers in the Derivational Relations stage. 
  • A rich bank of classroom-proven word study activities close each of the five developmental levels found in chapters and promise to engage your students, motivate them, and improve their oral and written abilities in English. 
  • Unique! A robust Appendix at the back of Words Their Way with English Learners, 2nd Edition contains all the assessment tools necessary to get word study underway and offers word lists in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Arabic; picture and word sorts; and game templates to advance word study instruction in diverse K—8 classrooms.
  • Based on the developmental approach of the word study book Words Their Way 3e and new research on working with English Language Learners.
Author biography

Lori Helman is assistant professor in literacy education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. Her research and writing have focused extensively on the reading and spelling development of students learning English as a new language, including other Words Their Way instructional materials for English learners. She has also edited a text for teachers, Literacy Development with English Learners.


Donald R. Bear is director of the E. L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy in the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a former preschool, third, and fourth grade teacher, Donald extends his experience working with children who experience difficulties learning to read and write both in the center and in numerous outreach programs. His recent research includes the study of literacy development in different languages and the influence of first language and literacy knowledge in learning to read in another language. He and his colleagues work with many schools and districts to conduct literacy instruction workshops.


Shane Templeton is Foundation Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is Program Coordinator for Literacy Studies. A former elementary and secondary teacher, his research focuses on the development of orthographic knowledge. He has written several books on the teaching and learning of reading and language arts and is a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. He is author of the "Spelling Logics" column in Voices from the Middle, the middle school journal of the National Council of Teachers of English.


Marcia Invernizzi is a professor of reading education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Marcia is also the director of the McGuffey Reading Center, where she teaches the clinical practice in reading diagnosis and remedial reading. Formerly an English and reading teacher, she works with Book Buddies, Virginia's Early Intervention Reading Initiative (EIRI), and Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS).


Francine Johnston is a former first grade teacher and reading specialist who learned about word study during her graduate work at the University of Virginia. She is now an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature. Francine frequently works with regional school systems as a consultant and researcher. Her research interests include current spelling practices and materials as well as the relationship between spelling and reading achievement.

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