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5 Resources for Teaching ELL Students in the Classroom

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on June 18, 2018



With a growing population of English Language Learners in the classroom, many teachers feel underprepared to support the individual learning needs of ELL students. Fortunately, onli

ne resources are available to help teachers explore strategies and give learning opportunities to these students. 

From printed materials to digital tools, a variety of materials can help ELL students develop language and literacy skills that will prepare them for comprehending classroom curriculum. Integrating hands-on resources and setting up flexible grouping can also help teachers develop ways to support ELL students at various skill levels. 

Here are five valuable resources that can give a teacher foundational support for ELL students in all areas of study, including science and STEM education. 

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Topics: English language learners

What Defines an English Language Learner?

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on June 09, 2018


English Language Learners (ELL) represents a growing population of U.S. students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 9.5 percent of students in U.S. public schools are English-Language Learners, meaning English is not their first language. These students rely on classes that teach English along with fundamental academic studies to help them develop stronger language skills. 

A number of English-language terms are used to describe ELL which can cause confusion among educators, including limited English proficient students, non-native English speakers, or language-minority students. While a variety of terms may be used  throughout different school districts, these terms generally describe any student who has limited proficiency in English. 

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Topics: English language learners