6 Must Read PD Books to Teach ELLs


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What are your favorite things to do during the summer? I try not to do a lot during the summer, but I do love finding good books to read by the pool. While not all the books I read are related to teaching, I enjoy reading a couple of PD books each summer that spark ideas, give me inspiration, and renew my love for teaching. 

In today’s episode, I’m sharing my top 6 books that I believe will help you build a foundation in supporting your English Language Learners or will challenge traditional views of teaching.

These books have been so valuable to me and have really helped me support my students and grow professionally. I’m always searching for more books to read, so if you have a book that I didn’t share today, I would love to hear about it. Put it in the comments or send me a message on Instagram to share your suggestions.

If you’re looking for more professional development support this summer, make sure to check out my course, ELL Strategy Academy. We go through 5 different modules, and you get access to all of them at once so you can go through them at your own pace. I’d love to see you there! 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • 3 books I recommend that are specifically geared toward teaching ELL learners and will help you support your students
  • 2 books that are not just for ELL teachers that have helped me grow professionally
  • 1 book that will give you a glimpse into what many of our newcomers go through, not just at school but also at home 
  • An invitation to join my course, ELL Strategy Academy for extra professional development support this summer

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More about Equipping ELLs:

We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


One Comment

  • Hi Beth!
    Thank you for sharing these resources 🙂
    When I clicked on the book, “ The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in and American Classroom by Helen Thorpe,” it’s a link to “The Writing Revolution…”.


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