7 Teaching Strategies for English Language Learners

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on June 27, 2018

 

How prepared do educators feel to teach English Language Learners? Most teachers have little or no training on effective teaching strategies for ELL students.  This makes it challenging for a teacher to help integrate ELL students into the regular classroom setting. Fortunately, a variety of ELL instructional strategies are available for educators. 

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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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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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4 Ways to Support ELL Students in the Classroom

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on February 09, 2018

 

ELL students, also known as "English-language-learners," are students that are learning English as their second language and make up eleven percent of the PreK-16 population. To illustrate the impact, this means that 3.8 million students in today's classrooms speak Spanish as a first language, and that figure only makes up one portion of the overall number of students who are ELLs. 

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Teaching Immigrant Students—A Brief History

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on March 02, 2017

Discussions about education in America can become heated when they involve the topic of immigrant students. One particular issue that is spoken about is whether or not students with undocumented status take away the valued education that American-born citizens should be ensured by using up the already limited public school resources. Despite the perennial political debate throughout the years, the historical Supreme Court case in 1982 known as Plyler v Doe cemented a law that states "any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented children from public schools were far outweighed by the harms imposed on society at large from denying them an education." This court ruling was strengthened further  by its citation of  the 14th amendment, which states "no state shall...deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

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