Easy Ways to Reach & Teach English Language Learners
 
 

Excerpted from Easy Ways to Reach & Teach English Language Learners by Valerie SchifferDanoff

  1. 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.”)
  2. Use limited tenses when speaking to a beginner.
  3. 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.