Every once in a while I like to immerse myself in one of the wonderful books published by prominent researchers in our field. The information fuels my imagination, and strengthens the connection between my clinical methods and efficacy.
Here are some of my favorites:
1. Contextualized Language Intervention by Teresa Ukrainetz. This book is a compilation of clinical topics geared toward clinicians, but also relevant to educators. I feel it successfully bridges practice and research, a common concern in our field.
2. Bringing Words to Life, by Isabel Beck, Margaret McGowan & Linda Kucan, has been one of the most influential books of my career. It’s a easy read and provides a number of helpful, practical examples of effective vocabulary instruction. The methods have a broad application and bridge easily to support the curriculum.
3. Nobody analyzes the nuances of our language like Tom Roeper. In The Prism of Grammar: How Child Language Illuminates Humanism, Dr. Roeper presents fascinating facts about the development of language, linguistics and the relation to philosophy of the mind. Your clinical skills will be enriched as you view aspects of language from a unique perspective.
4. Words are the building blocks of language, and in The Science of Words, George Miller explores the cognitive mechanisms involved in semantics and syntax. I know this sounds heavy, but Dr. Miller uses humor to entertain us with this information! A pleasure to read, Science of Words cuts across many disciplines.
5. Owning words is empowering, and Crazy English by Richard Lederer will fuel your ability to create powerful lessons to help struggling students. He will set your mind in different directions as you view the English language through his lighthearted lens.
That’s my list! Do you have any recommendations to add? What books have inspired your clinical methods?