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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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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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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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Supporting ELLs in PBL Projects

PBL is valuable for ELLs when it teaches academic vocabulary, encourages collaboration, scaffolds structure and function, allows assessment and differentiation, and leverages their native language.

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An Agency Approach to Meeting the Needs of ELLs

With a regional agency coordinating ELL resources between districts, schools have a better chance of identifying and closing the conducive gap for these students.

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Teaching Syllables Can Mask Meaningful Morphemes

To help beginning readers grasp the difference between written and spoken language, start with the meaning of the words rather than their syllabic breakdown.

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Practices to Welcome and Support ELLs

Through practices that incorporate tolerance, empathy, and perspective, you can engage your English-only students in appreciating and sharing with their ELL classmates.

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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.

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Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking

Marc Anderson, co-founder and CEO of TalktoCanada.com, offers five strategies for engaging English-language learners.

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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

Teacher, one-to-one advocate and blogger Monica Burns shares some of her favorite free apps for supporting English-Language Learners' vocabulary acquisition.

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The Word and the World: Technology Aids English-Language Learners

A growing number of software programs and Web tools help educators teach academic English.

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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.

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English-Language Learners and Academic Language

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski explain how English-language learners must develop academic language proficiency as well as communicative competence, and provide a lesson plan they have used successfully with their ELL students.

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4 Strategies to Help ELLs in the Mainstream Classroom

Help ELLs join the mainstream by having them read a book every day, planning multi-modal lessons, shortening your lessons, and making sure that they write.

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Integrating ELL Students in General Education Classes

Through a blend of differentiated instruction and formative assessment strategies, ELLs can successfully keep up with their peers in a general education classroom.

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