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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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  • How to Welcome Newcomers in the Classroom

    Putting supportive systems into place for newcomers and creating a classroom culture that celebrates each student’s heritage helps all learners feel like they belong.
  • Activating Learning by Milling to Music

    When students pretend they’re at a fancy party making small talk, a simple brainstorm for writing ideas becomes more lively, more cooperative—and more effective.
  • How to Make Your Class Less Stressful for English Language Learners

    When students feel like they’re in a safe environment, it becomes easier for them to acquire language and learn course content.
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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.
  • Making Space for Native Languages in Newcomer Classrooms

    When English language learners are given consistent opportunities to practice their home languages in class, their English proficiency flourishes—along with their sense of belonging and identity.
  • 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.
  • Tailoring Instruction to Support English Language Learners

    Setting up a self-contained classroom for English language learners bolsters academics and helps students reach fluency faster.
  • Scaffolding for Experienced English Language Learners

    In higher grades, multilingual students need to develop a grasp of academic English. Here’s how to help them acquire the skills they need.
  • Supporting Newcomer English Learners as a General Education Teacher

    Even without a dedicated specialist, there are steps that teachers can take to support the success of this growing group of students in school.
  • Taking a Playful Approach to Assessment

    When teachers bring collaboration, creativity, and movement into assessment, anxiety and dread give way to confidence and joy as students show off what they have learned.
  • 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.
  • The Administrator’s Role in the Success of ELLs

    These strategies, adaptable to your school’s needs, can help ensure the success of English language learners.
  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Ideas for developing students’ capacity to understand and use discipline-specific terminology and the language used in instruction.
  • Using AI to Support Multilingual Students

    Artificial intelligence tools can help multilingual students better understand complex texts in English.
  • 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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