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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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  • A Strategy for Teaching Students to Write Political Arguments

    Modeling how to disagree on political issues of interest to middle and high school students boosts their critical thinking and literacy skills.
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  • Elementary teacher bends down to help student working on her tablet at her desk

    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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  • 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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  • Dismantling Barriers for English Language Learners

    English language learners with diverse abilities can thrive with simple supports in an an equity-driven learning environment.
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  • High school teacher speaking to students in classroom

    Tapping Into English Language Learners’ Strengths

    Focusing on these students’ experiences and skills can contribute to their academic success and foster an inclusive classroom environment.
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  • Building Momentum With Long-Term English Learners

    These students may be socially bilingual but have gaps in their academic vocabulary, and there are ways to keep them moving forward.
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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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  • 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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  • Tips for Teaching English to Arabic-Speaking Students

    A teacher who spent 13 years in the Middle East shares ideas on how to support Arabic-speaking students in learning English.
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  • Group of elementary students reading books on a rug and chairs in their classroom

    An Asset-Based Approach to Supporting English Learners’ Reading Skills

    A look at what English learners need in order to develop the skills and motivation to improve their ability to read in English.
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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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    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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  • Two women talking via video chat on a laptop

    Co-Teaching in Distance Learning

    A middle school English and special education teacher share how they meet the needs of all of their students—and the new practices they’ll bring back to the classroom.
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