Language and Literacy Development: English Learners with Communication Disorders, From Theory to Application

Second Edition

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo, Florin Mihai, Joyce W. Nutta

Details: 400 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-153-7

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Language and Literacy Development: English Learners with Communication Disorders, From Theory to Application, Second Edition brings you the most useful, up-to-date information on best practices for English learners (ELs) with communication disorders from a variety of backgrounds—how to conduct assessment, intervention, and progress monitoring. The first edition of this text gave a comprehensive overview of the theory and practice of serving ELs with communication disorders, and the second edition is expanded to show the nuts and bolts of how to meet ELs' needs and how professionals can support their success at school.

Continuing the perspective of the first edition, this text emphasizes collaboration between speech-language pathology (SLP) and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) professionals. To place theory, policies, and best practices in a realistic, relatable context, this text presents engaging, detailed teaching cases that address common issues that SLPs and ESOL specialists encounter. More importantly, it shows how to apply the knowledge and implement the mechanics and practicalities of assessment, intervention, and progress monitoring. The new resources section includes many useful tools and references, such as a case history form for bilingual students, WIDA Can-do Descriptors and Performance Definitions, actual assessment instruments, and a table of intervention types and purposes.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Updated EL and EL with communication disorders demographics and legislation
  • An innovative assessment/intervention/monitoring (AIM) framework geared toward language proficiency development and academic content expansion of ELs with communication disorders
  • Research-based and proficiency-level appropriate pedagogical interventions and recommendations for implementing effective assessments that support English learners with communication disorders in their language and content growth
  • Updated information on commonly used assessments used by speech-language pathologists to identify/determine disability
  • Authentic examples of case studies of ELs and ELs with communication disorders that encourage readers to apply the innovative assessment/intervention/monitoring (AIM) framework
  • A PluralPlus companion website with case studies and other related resources, including PowerPoint slides for instructors


The primary audience for this text is the school-based speech-language pathologist. It is also intended for all professionals who are responsible for teaching language and literacy skills, such as the ESOL professional, general and special educators, bilingual teachers, reading coaches and school administrators. Language and Literacy Development, Second Edition can also be used as a textbook in academic programs.

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo

Linda I. Rosa-Lugo is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Dean in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She has been the Principal Investigator of two USDOE/OSEP collaborative grants, and Co-PI and Coordinator of two additional USDOE, OSEP Grants that prepares SLPs to provide services to English Learners with communication disorders, listening and spoken language in children with hearing loss who come from linguistically diverse homes and language and literacy.  She is the Director of the UCF Listening Center.  She is an ASHA Fellow, recipient of the ASHA Certificate in Multicultural Contributions, and Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement. Her research interests include language and literacy development in Hispanic youngsters who are deaf/hard of hearing, first and second language acquisition in English learners, personnel preparation, and service delivery with individuals with hearing loss across the life span.

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Florin Mihai

Florin Mihai is a Professor of TESOL and the Director of the Undergraduate TEFL Certificate in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department/College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. In addition to articles published in TESOL Journal, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, CATESOL Journal, and Middle School Journal, he has published several books and book chapters with University of Michigan Press, Harvard Education Press, Routledge, and Pearson. He is also co-principal investigator in two federal funded grants through the U.S. Department of Education and Office of English Language Acquisition totaling more than US$ 5 million. 

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Joyce W. Nutta

Dr. Joyce Nutta is professor of World Languages Education and the ESOL Endorsement and TESOL PhD Track Coordinator at the University of Central Florida. She is devoted to equipping teachers of all subjects and grade levels with tools and techniques that support English learners’ academic achievement and language development. Her research interests include the integration of English learner issues into teacher preparation and professional learning and the use of technology to teach second languages.  

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