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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 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.
    Nirmala Ramsaran
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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.
    235
  • 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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    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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  • 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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  • 3 Tips for Supporting ELLs at the Beginning of the Year

    Simple strategies focused on building relationships help teachers ensure that they’re getting students off to a good start.
    538
  • 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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  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • The Necessity of Having High Expectations

    Conveying compassion for students while holding them to high standards can help improve equity in education.
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  • 4 Practical Ways to Make Instruction Accessible for Multilingual Learners

    Teachers can make small changes to amplify language opportunities that create pathways toward success for English learners.
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  • Incorporating Students’ Native Languages to Enhance Their Learning

    Teachers don’t have to speak students’ first languages to make room for these languages in middle and high school classrooms.
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