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Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment

Youb Kim and Patricia H. Hinchey

As the number of English language learners across the United States – and indeed, the world – increases exponentially, it is critical that pre-service teachers be prepared. Many currently available instructional materials are written primarily for practicing teachers, not for pre-service teachers of the millennial generation who are likely to encounter cultural and linguistic diversity in their classrooms, but who are unlikely to have had experience interacting with diverse groups of children. This engaging and accessible text is specifically designed to help tomorrow’s teachers anticipate the diversity of contemporary classrooms and to understand and meet the needs of English language learners. Key topics are aligned with typical state standards for teacher preparation and include: culture, language, literacy development, effective instruction and assessment, programs, policies, politics, and teacher professionalism. In addition to distillations of essential information in these areas, the book provides an extensive directory of relevant resources that points the way to further study. Teacher educators, school district administrators, home school education programs, and pre-service teachers will all find Educating English Language Learners in an Inclusive Environment an invaluable addition to their professional libraries.
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I am thankful to my colleagues from Commonwealth Campuses at Penn State who participated in English Language Learning Disciplinary Community retreats. They traveled many miles to State College, Pennsylvania each summer between 2009 and 2012 to share their wisdom about preparing future teachers to teach English language learners. My students in CI280 have inspired me to become a better teacher every day with their passion for teaching and commitment for improving the lives of others. I am grateful to them all.

I am indebted to numerous teachers. Three most important teachers are P. David Pearson, Meredith McLellan, and my first grade teacher who warmed my hand in her coat pocket while walking me home. I am also indebted to teachers from Spartan Village and Red Cedar Elementary Schools in East Lansing, Michigan. These two schools served as an intellectual reservoir for many emerging teacher education scholars until they closed their doors. Teachers from Eakin Elementary School, especially Beth Asbell, in Nashville, Tennessee, have a special place in my heart because of their knowledge and passion for teaching.

My co-author, Pat Hinchey, has been a saint. Without her gifted writing and editing skills (and her big heart), this book would have never been completed. My family and friends have been an everlasting source of hope, inspiration, and comfort. I am so grateful to Lisa Sensale and Jennifer Danrige-Turner for their friendship. My daughter, Susan Moon, has helped me remember the power of good teachers (as...

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