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English Language Learners

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

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  • 4 Ways to Plan for the Success of Newcomer ELLs

    To help newly arrived English language learners feel welcome, teachers can represent their cultures and languages in the classroom.
    Monisha Bajaj
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  • A group of high school students gathered at a table in a circle, doing a language game together

    12 Fun Speaking Games for Language Learners

    Every teacher has faced the struggle of encouraging students to speak. Here's a list of a fun activities to get your students to talking.
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  • A diverse elementary ELL classroom sitting in a circle

    6 Essential Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

    We interviewed educators with decades of experience in teaching ELLs and tapped a network of experts and observers to find the strategies that work.
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  • Supporting Multilingual Students in the Early Grades

    Five ways teachers can celebrate and extend the linguistic expertise of young students who speak two or more languages.
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  • How to Use English Learners’ Primary Language in the Classroom

    It’s important for multilingual students to feel that their first language is valuable, seen as an asset, and a welcome part of their identity.
    632
  • 10 Strategies That Support English Language Learners Across All Subjects

    Teachers of any subject can use these tips to help English language learners be more engaged and at ease in class.
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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. Discover some helpful links for teachers.
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  • Encouraging Students to Be Storytellers

    Students in kindergarten through second grade can develop the ability to share original stories, strengthening their literacy skills.
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  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
    22.6k
  • 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.
    13.4k
  • Activating Prior Knowledge With English Language Learners

    Students learn better when they first access what they already know—and this plays a big role in improving English language learners’ academic literacy.
    10.1k
  • The Necessity of Having High Expectations

    Conveying compassion for students while holding them to high standards can help improve equity in education.
    7.3k
  • 4 Effective Strategies for Supporting Newcomer English Learners

    These techniques for creating a positive learning environment help students adapt to a new culture and acquire a new language.
    994
  • 5 Effective Modeling Strategies for English Learners

    Providing English learners—and all students—with examples of how to do learning tasks is particularly useful during distance learning.
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  • Teaching English Language Learners: A Complex Endeavor

    A teacher seeks out the best approaches to teaching English to non-native speakers, the fastest growing student population in the U.S.
    8.1k

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