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Book on teaching ESL students is a ‘must-have’ for staffrooms September 5, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, John Catt Educational news.
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We are pleased to report brisk sales and an excellent review of one of our most recent publications, Breaking through the language barrier.

The book offers strategies for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students in mainstream classes.

It is written by Patricia Mertin, who has had a long and distinguished career in teaching ESL students.

Breaking through the language barrier is reviewed in the new issue of International School (is) magazine by Jackie Holderness, director of materials Development for Achievement for All.

Here are some excerpts from the review:

“Her (Mertin’s) wealth of experience working in ESL shines through and is the main strength of this book, and her depth and range of knowledge about second language acquisition are presented with a light touch, ensuring this book would appeal to any colleagues in international schools who wish to improve the education experience for their secondary or high school ESL students.

“Her empathy for the challenges facing ESL students is evident and she cites examples of students who have struggled and succeeded. With refreshing sensitively, Mertin shares with us the students’ comments, in the same raw state as they wrote or said them, grammatical warts and all.

“She provides valuable guidance for subject specialist teachers, so that colleagues in the science lab or gymnasium, the art department or the ICT suite appreciate ways to make their lessons more readily accessible.

“… this book is a ‘must-have’ for every secondary or high school staffroom, not only in international schools, but in any school where learners are having to tackle unfamiliar and cognitively challenging curriculum content through a second language.”

To order a copy of Breaking through the language barrier, visit our bookshop.



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