See how you can approach five common classroom situations using strategies that support ELLs and benefit your entire class and help you to differentiate instruction.
Teaching ELL: Tips for Helping Beginner ELLs
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Excerpted from Easy Ways to Reach & Teach English Language Learners by Valerie SchifferDanoff
- Use a minimum of pronouns. State the person, place, or thing you’re referring to repeatedly, if necessary. For example, to the question “Does Juan have his book?” you might answer, “No, I think Juan needs to borrow your book,” rather than “No, I think he needs to borrow yours.”)
- Use limited tenses when speaking to a beginner.
- Use fewer words, pause often, and check your rate of speaking for the newcomer and beginner; you may need to slow down and simplify your speech.