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ELL Frontiers

ELL Frontiers
Using Technology to Enhance Instruction for English Learners

November 2016 | 144 pages | Corwin

Your GPS for improving ELLs’ academic outcomes

This is not yesterday’s ELL classroom. Thanks to the Common Core and other rigorous new standards, it’s more challenging than ever to meet the needs of our English learners. But yesterday’s classrooms didn’t have the so many powerful digital tools at your immediate disposal. Written by three tech-savvy ELL experts and grounded in the latest research on English language and literacy development and technology integration, this timely book will serve as your go-to road map for navigating this exciting new frontier.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • An overview of current digital age learning experiences and trends
  • Step-by-step guides to implementing technology-infused lessons that are specifically aligned with English learners’ needs, including a sample lesson seed in each chapter
  • Authentic vignettes of current uses of technology in the classroom
  • Professional Learning Network questions for group discussion

Take a look for yourself. ELL Frontiers will give you the tools not only to improve academic outcomes and enhance language development, but also to cultivate digital citizenship.  

“By incorporating the best of digital age learning, the authors inspire practitioners to bring ELL instruction to the next level. ELL Frontiers shows how technology-enhanced instruction can elevate learning from our prior emphasis on ‘covering’ material to ‘uncovering’ English learners’ rich experience and perspective.”
—Jane Holmberg, Educational Consultant

Publisher’s Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. The 21st Century English Learner
2. Fostering a Digital Learning Environment
3. The Four Skills + 1 (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Viewing)
4. Responding and Creating
5. Flipping the Classroom for English Learners
6. Collaboration and Communication
7. Virtual Communities and Digital Citizenship
8. Critical Thinking and Assessment
9. Parting Thoughts
Appendix A- Technology Tools and Resources
Appendix B- ELD/ESL Methodology Resources


"Parris, Estrada and Honigsfeld have brought important attention to English Learners (ELs) as digital learners. This is the first book I have seen to provide support for educators as they are increasingly required to implement technology with diverse learners. The text is practical and provides encouragement for educators who are often just learning the technology themselves! This book is structured to provide teachers with valuable information on different tech tools and teaching methods, a discussion of how to scaffold for ELs, the strengths and challenges; as well as authentic examples for readers to reflect on and build upon with their own ideas."

Christina Robertson, English Learners Program Administrator
Roseville Area Schools

"ELL Frontiers will be a tremendously valuable resource for the 21st century classroom teacher. No matter what grade or age is being taught, there are strategies with variations easy to implement instructions. I look forward to incorporating some of the strategies in my ESL classes."

Sally Rushmore, Managing Editor
New Teacher Advocate, Kappa Delta Pi

"This book will show you how to embrace technology and harness its power to meet the needs of your students. In the era of data driven Instruction and the need for differentiation for the diverse needs of ELs in the classroom, a technology rich learning environment provides the opportunity to deliver lessons that allow for the precious time in class to be spent completing hands on activities and using English in an authentic and meaningful manner."

Mandi Sanchez
Mid-State RBERN (Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network)

"Working in a setting where there is one-to-one computer access for students, I have been looking for information on the quality use of technology for English Language Learners (ELLs). ELL Frontiers provides a balanced approach to the theory and real-world implementation of digital instruction for teachers as they strive to help ELLs meet 21st century technology standards. In particular, Chapter 5 addresses the theoretical underpinnings of flipped lessons specific to ELLs while also providing practical suggestions and lesson ideas to help teachers get started and/or enhance their flipped instruction."

Shaeley Santiago, ESL Instructional Coach
Ames Community School District

"Frederick County is excited about the unique possibilities of a flipped classroom for its English learners. In truth, one of the greatest challenges that our school system and others throughout Maryland face is providing alternative pathways to a high school education for this student group. Many of our secondary ELs must work to help support their families; flipping classrooms for those students might have a tremendous impact on the lives of those students. In essence, flipping instruction could maximize their school experience, help them learning English, and giving them options that might help them complete their education in a much more manageable fashion. The ideas and concepts outlined in this book will help our system create more pathways to success for our English learners, helping all of us move forward to success!"

Larry D. Steinly, Supervisor of English Language Learning
Frederick County Public Schools

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