Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Young boy in front of computer

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.

Girl sitting next to window in hall using a laptop and earbuds

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.

Discuss

Equity for English-Language Learners

Last comment 1 hour 34 min ago
3 1,226 5,045 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Last comment 2 weeks 5 days ago
18 3,043 11,649 views

Have We Provided A Disservice To Our ELL Students?

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
1 12 views

Equity for English-Language Learners

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 06:00
3 1,226 5,045 views

Have We Provided A Disservice To Our ELL Students?

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 08:13
1 12 views

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 06:00
18 3,043 11,649 views

Resources

Graphic of student sitting at desk

Strategies to Support English-Language Learners

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

12 13,522 views

Browse

A male teacher wearing goggles and a long jacket in a large science laboratory is surrounded by a group of eight students, all looking up at him, also wearing protective goggles.
blog

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

Makerspaces can democratize learning, create a culture of participation, allow for teaching with visual cues, offer thematic planning opportunities, and facilitate differentiated instruction.

17 2,829 views
A young girl is standing in a classroom, holding up a piece of paper that shows an A plus drawn in red marker.
blog

Equity for English-Language Learners

Provide ELLs with quality instructional practices and resources, including fair assessments, free use of dictionaries and thesauruses, extra time, and the option of multiple media.

3 1,226 5,010 views
Two young boys in shorts are standing on a beach shoreline.
blog

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.

6 390 3,331 views
Two young girls, one in a purple sweatshirt and one in a pink sweatshirt, are sitting outside against a green, wooden door, reading together.
blog

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.

2 593 2,498 views
Four preteen girls are sitting in a row at wooden desks, looking in the same direction, smiling, holding up white pieces of paper folded into cards. They're all wearing the same white t-shirt outlined in red around the sleeves and neck.
blog

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.

1 2,630 5,205 views
Three students are sitting at a long, black table in a large classroom. Two are on laptops, and one has her face in her hands with her elbows on the table. More students are sitting behind them at desks and a teacher is standing behind them.
blog

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.

1 619 6,454 views
Engaging Parents of English-Language Learners
blog

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.

6 2,574 11,649 views

Pages

blog

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.

36 9,315 259,795 views
blog

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.

21 1,735 161,844 views
Girl sitting next to window in hall using a laptop and earbuds
blog

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.

3 5,800 127,936 views
blog

10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

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

6 598 118,991 views
blog

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.

14 1,461 90,283 views
blog

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.

12 340 89,451 views
blog

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.

8 1,052 58,039 views

Pages

Join the movement for change