An Island of English by Danling Fu. Teaching ESL in Chinatown
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An Island of English

Teaching ESL in Chinatown

By Danling Fu
Foreword by Richard L Allington

Danlung Fu brings together her research in New York's Chinatown, where she worked as a literacy consultant, and the stories of her son as an immigrant student. She extends her findings to other immigrant populations and uses her research to make practical recommendations for educators.

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    Although focused on the Chinese experience, this is a book that shows how to help new language learners from any country through a frank and honest approach.
    —Donald H. Graves, Author of The Energy to Teach and A Fresh Look at Writing
    Danling Fu shows us very specifically what is possible when we approach our teaching with empathy, patience, and faith.
    —Maureen Barbieri, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University
    This is an accessible and readable book for both practicing teachers and for teachers in training. . . . I recommend this book to all ESL educators.
    —Pauline Gibbons, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
    . . . a fine portrait of what staff development can look like—the way to identify a problem, brainstorm, make changes, assess changes
    —Thomas Newkirk, University of New Hampshire

Newly arrived Chinese immigrant students face the hardest imaginable situation in the classroom: most often, this is the only place where they can listen to and practice English, having little if any opportunity to do so at home. The burden is then on the teacher to further these students' English education and at the same time create a classroom environment that appreciates and respects their culture and language.

Danling Fu has experienced these difficulties firsthand as a teacher, as a student, and as a parent. In An Island of English, she brings together her extensive research in New York's Chinatown, where she worked as a literacy consultant at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School, her personal story as an immigrant, and the stories of her son as an immigrant student. She extends her findings to other immigrant populations and applies her keen research talents to devise practical recommendations for educators and policymakers.

Contents

  1. Introduction-Work of a Team for Change
  2. The New Chinese Immigrants and Their Lives in Chinatown
  3. Content Knowledge and Bilingual Education-Preparing Students for Learning and Living in America
  4. Developing Students' Oral English Language Ability
  5. Teaching Students with a Wide Range of English Language Abilities
  6. Teaching Beginning ESL Writers
  7. Teaching ESL Writers
  8. Language Differences and Errors
  9. Conclusion-Issues and More Questions

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