Welcome to the Companion Website for ESL (ELL) Literacy Instruction

This text provides both ESL and mainstream teachers of students at all levels, from kindergarten to adult learners, with the background and expertise necessary to plan and implement reading programs that match the particular needs and abilities of their students. Comprehensive and research-based, it applies current ESL and reading research and theory to practice. The companion website (CW) provides information and resources to extend and enhance the content of the text.

We created two sections for the CW materials, as we see that the book’s content and CW materials may be of interest to students and readers (pre-service teachers and non-teaching professionals) and instructors (or teacher educators) who would want to use the book for a course on teaching English language learners, for instance. These sections contain the following materials

  • For students and readers
    • Resources
    • Learning aids
  • For instructors (teacher educators)
    • Resources
    • Teaching aids
    • PowerPoint Presenatations

Please Note:

The website resources provided in the CW are for your information and their inclusion here does not in any way constitute an endorsement. We apologize in advance for any broken web links. They were checked as being active at the time these documents were created.

**These are ready-to-use slide decks with mainly textual content that can be modified with color and images to suit individual needs.

About the Authors

Lee Gunderson, a Professor at the University of British Columbia, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in second language reading, language acquisition, literacy acquisition, and teacher education. He has served as a pre-school teacher, a primary-level elementary teacher, a reading specialist, a teacher of primary gifted students, a primary learning disabilities teacher, a principal, and a vice-principal in a bilingual school. At UBC he has served as Head of the Language and Literacy Education Department and the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. He received the David Russell Award for Research, the Killam Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia, and the Kingston Prize for contributions to the National Reading Conference. In 2008 he was granted the British Columbia Deans of Education Media Contributor of the Year Award. In 2009 he received the UBC President's Award for Education through the Media and the BC TEAL Lifetime Contributors Award. In 2010 he received an Honorary Life Membership in the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver.

Reginald Arthur D’Silva has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, computer science, and the social sciences. He is a Senior Instructor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. His areas of academic interest are in TESL, technology and literacy, and international education. He is currently also the Academic Director of the UBC Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programs, where he is involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning of language and content courses.

Dennis Murphy Odo is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Education at Pusan National University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in second language acquisition as well as TESOL methods and materials courses. He has served as an English language teacher and teacher educator in Korea, Canada, and the United States. His research interests include autonomous language learning, second language reading, and teacher development. He completed his PhD in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia.

The three authors have collaborated on a number of research projects and have co-authored journal articles and book chapters. The fourth edition is their second collaborative effort on a book project to bridge theory and practice in ESL (ELL) literacy instruction.