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Assessment and Intervention for English Language Learners

Translating Research into Practice

  • Synthesizes brain and cognitive science research to inform practice

  • Provides comprehensive step-by-step procedures

  • Examines research-based assessment and intervention strategies for oral language, reading, math, and writing learning problems

  • Offers case studies and sample reports detailing how to integrate and report findings

  • Explains how to develop interventions for English language learners before a formal evaluation

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. The Challenges of Assessing and Intervening with English Learners

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 1-19
  3. Dual-Language Learner Development

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 21-32
  4. Data Collection When Working with English Learners

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 33-47
  5. Oral Language Issues and Assessment of Oral Language

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 49-62
  6. Word Reading and Decoding

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 63-79
  7. Reading Fluency and Vocabulary

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 81-96
  8. Reading Comprehension

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 97-114
  9. Math Calculation

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 115-129
  10. Math Problem-Solving

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 131-144
  11. Written Expression

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 145-158
  12. Assessment and Intervention Tools

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 159-175
  13. Case Studies

    • Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar
    Pages 177-193
  14. Back Matter

    Pages 195-200

About this book

This book presents evidence-based practices for appropriate assessment of and school-based services for young English language learners. It identifies and addresses the challenges of assessing and intervening with these students at the curricular, instructional, environmental, and individual levels, particularly the complexities of determining the presence or absence of learning disabilities. Case studies and comparisons with fluent English speakers illustrate the screening and evaluation process – including multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) and response to intervention (RTI) – and proactive intervention planning in core literacy and math domains. Together, these chapters model effective teaching practice, advocacy, and teamwork with parents and colleagues as well as policy development toward meeting the needs of this diverse student population.


This invaluable guide:
  • Examines challenges of data collection when working with English language learners.
  • Traces the development of dual-language fluency and competence.
  • Discusses language-acquisition issues affecting oral language assessment.
  • Reviews commonly used assessment and intervention tools in use with English learners.
  • Features specialized chapters relating to reading, writing, and mathematics competencies.
  • Can be used regardless of first language spoken by students.

Assessment and Intervention for English Language Learners is an essential resource for researchers, professionals, and graduate students in diverse fields including school and clinical child psychology; assessment, testing, and evaluation; language education; special education; and educational psychology.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wichita State University, Wichita, USA

    Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar

About the authors


Susan Unruh, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of School Psychology at Wichita State University.  She received her doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Kansas with a specialty in bilingual education. Dr. Unruh has more than 25 years of experience working with English language learners, first as a practitioner in public schools and then in her research at WSU.  She has made numerous presentations in the area of bilingual assessment and education at regional, national, and international conferences and has published articles in various journals on the topic.  


Nancy McKellar, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at Wichita State University.  She began her career as a special education teacher. She received her masters and doctorate in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, with emphases in school psychology as well as human learning and memory.  Since 1984, Dr. McKellar has been a school psychology trainer at Wichita State University, where she developed and teaches the course in school-based interventions.  Her research and professional presentations have focused on the needs and ways to help children at risk due to disabilities or circumstances.



Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Assessment and Intervention for English Language Learners

  • Book Subtitle: Translating Research into Practice

  • Authors: Susan Unruh, Nancy A. McKellar

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-52645-4

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-52644-7Published: 20 March 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-84952-2Published: 18 July 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-52645-4Published: 07 March 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 200

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Child and School Psychology, Assessment, Testing and Evaluation, Social Work

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eBook USD 99.00
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Softcover Book USD 129.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 129.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
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