Strategies for English Language Learners
Learning a second language at any time in life is difficult. But children who must stay current with their academic studies find that learning English adds to the stress they feel to conform and succeed.
- Grades: Early Childhood, PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
The following series of articles will help you reach ELLs from early childhood through high school. While there are different methods for teaching English as a second language, the one constant is the knowledge of how important and empowering it will be for students when they can communicate effectively in English. Students are acutely aware of the handicaps involved with not having English language skills in school, in their communities, and for their future educational and career goals. The English language learner is your greatest ally in the effort to teach.
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Provides 12 practical tips to help second-language learners: assess needs, empathize, foster a sense of belonging, assign a buddy, use sheltering techniques, teach keywords, read and reread aloud, etc.
Discusses special considerations and techniques for teaching spelling to second-language learning children, particularly native Spanish and Asian language speakers.
Technology offers some easy ways to help English Language Learners build vocabulary, achieve reading fluency, improve comprehension, access curriculum content, and strengthen their home-school connections.
Draw on ELL students'first languages to make learning English easier and less scary. Suggests ways to support ESL learners, like read-alouds, bilingual tutoring, pairing students, and more.
Andrea Spillett, a veteran teacher. shares her strategies for ELL.