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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

English-Language Learners

Discover ways to optimize instruction to address the needs of students who are learning English.

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

Student blogging provides opportunities for sharing, reflection, and ownership. With ELLs, blogs can provide deeper engagement and a public forum to demonstrate their developing skills.

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

By engaging ELLs with creating, identifying, and narrating through photographs, you can help them learn language by challenging their thinking in other media.

How Storytelling Inspires Children to Learn English

When you engage your English-language learners through the power, fun, and sharing of narrative, the formal elements of language acquisition will follow more easily.

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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English Language Learners

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Review practical tips for teaching English-language learners, including ways to incorporate video into instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

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When Words Aren't Necessary

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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Peer Review, Common Core, and ELLs

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Blogging for English-Language Learners

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The Power of Vocabulary - Talk to Your Children!

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When Words Aren't Necessary

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Strategies to Support English-Language Learners

Download a classroom tip sheet with strategies for supporting English-language learners.

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When Words Aren't Necessary

Students who don't share the same language can still connect when given time, space and freedom to explore their passions and strengths through art and play.

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Peer Review, Common Core, and ELLs

For English-language learners, simple peer review activities that are kind, specific, and helpful will better assist students in improving their writing and learning about writing.

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Collaborative Writing, Common Core, and ELLs

By pairing up to write narratives developing experiences, events, or characters, English-language learners can produce better texts in terms of task fulfillment, grammatical accuracy, and complexity.

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Common Core Writing and ELLs

Learn about what it means to apply three key elements of the CCSS writing standards -- argument, informative/explanatory, and narrative -- when teaching English-language learners.

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Engaging Parents of English-Language Learners

See how a kindergarten teacher with a large population of English-language learners builds community by inviting parents into his classroom.

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Wait, You're From Where? Integrating Third Culture Kids in Your Classroom

Third Culture Kids have spent years outside of their parents' culture. Learn the do's and don't of welcoming these sometimes "hidden immigrants" into your classroom.

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5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms

Videos can be a highly effective tool for teaching and learning English when used strategically. Check out these 8 videos to use with ELLs in the classroom.

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8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how academic language differs from social language and offers eight specific strategies for teaching the vocabulary that students require to succeed in the Common Core and on the SAT.

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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

In an excerpt from his book with fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, blogger Larry Ferlazzo looks at a few basic ways to reach students who are learning English as well as the subject at hand.

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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

As the number of English-language learners grows, teachers must focus on the most essential content and most efficient delivery of instruction.

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10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

Blogger Ayanna Cooper shares some great ideas for connecting with students just learning English.

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Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

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Using Photos With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share tips for using the Picture Word Inductive Model and others for teaching ELL students.

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Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners

Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. They include critical pedagogy and using technology to dub new audio into existing video.

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