Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible

Authors Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD and Sydney Snyder, PhD



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Content teachers and English Language Development (ELD) teachers, take special note: if you’re looking for a single resource to help your English learners meet the same challenging content standards as their English-proficient peers, your search is complete. Just dip into this toolbox of strategies, examples, templates, and activities from ELL authorities Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. The best part? No prior training assumed! You’ll find inside every last how-to including:
    • •  How to scaffold instruction across content and grade levels
    • •  How to build background knowledge
    • •  How to analyze text through close reading and text dependent questions
    • •  How to promote oral language and vocabulary development
    • •  How to evaluate and use formative assessment

Chapter 1 — Why You Need This Book to Support ELs

Chapter 2 — Using a Culturally Responsive Framework to Meet the Needs of ELs

Chapter 3 — Scaffolding Instruction for ELs

Chapter 4 — Academic Conversations: A Tool for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development

Chapter 5 — Teaching Academic Language to ELs

Chapter 6 — Vocabulary Instruction and ELs

Chapter 7 — Teaching ELs Background Knowledge

Chapter 8 — Supporting ELs’ Reading for Multiple Purposes Through Using Scaffolded Text-Dependent Questions

Chapter 9 — Formative Assessment for ELs


 Sydney Snyder, PhD,  Principal Associate at SupportEd, coaches ML educators and develops and facilitates interactive professional development for teachers of MLs. She also works with the SupportEd team to offer technical assistance to school districts and educational organizations. Dr. Snyder has extensive instructional experience and has worked in the field of English language development (ELD) for over 25 years. She started her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. This experience ignited her passion for language teaching, culturally responsive instruction, and ML advocacy. Dr. Snyder is co-author of Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and contributing author to Breaking Down the Monolingual Wall. She served as an English Teaching Fellow at Gadja Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University and her M.A.T in TESOL at the School for International Training.


Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, president and founder of SupportEd, established the company in 2011 as a way to serve educators who work to help multilingual learners (MLs) realize their full potential. Dr. Staehr Fenner is an author of six educational learning books. She is a frequent keynote presenter on ML education at conferences across North America. She spent a decade as an ESOL teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ESOL assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA and taught English in Mexico and Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Literacy at George Mason University. She earned her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training and her Masters in German at Penn State University. She lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband and three school-age kids who learned math and science through Spanish in their public elementary school. Dr. Staehr Fenner grew up on a dairy farm in New York State’s Finger Lakes region and is a first-generation college graduate.

ISBN: 9781506352770

Release Date: May 2017

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback

Language: English

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