Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice

View detailed profiles of these six students who are officially classified as ELLs by their Midwest schools:

   Sonia is a 6-year-old elementary student who was born in the Ukraine and moved    when she was 4 years old.
   Zoey is a 5-year-old kindergarten student who was born in Indiana; her father is    from Puerto Rico, and her mother is from Mexico.
   Brittany is a 6-year-old 1st grader who was born in Argentina.
   Josue is an 11-year-old 6th grader who was born and raised in California. He lives    in a bilingual home, and is learning both English and Spanish.
   Pedro is a 16-year-old 10th grader who was born in Panama. He was born deaf,    but with the aid of cochlear implants speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and some    English.
   Ziyi is a 16-year-old 10th grader who was born in China, but came to the U.S.    when she was only 5 years old.





About the Author

Wayne E. Wright is the Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs, and Faculty Development and the Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at Purdue University. He provides training for future and current educators in the areas of ESL teaching methods, literacy, assessment, technology, and research. Wright has extensive experience as a researcher and practitioner in schools in the United States and internationally.