George Lucas Educational Foundation

English-Language Learners

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

  • English-Language Learners

    Working With Dually Classified Learners

    A group of educators has developed an instructional model to support English language learners with special needs.
  • English-Language Learners

    Teaming Up to Support English Learners

    Some dos and don’ts to help language specialists build strong relationships with content teachers who teach English learners.
  • English-Language Learners

    The Dual Immersion Solution

    Instead of seeing English language learners as a costly challenge, districts are increasingly recognizing the assets they bring to their schools.
  • English-Language Learners

    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.
  • English-Language Learners

    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.
  • English-Language Learners

    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.
  • Diversity

    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.
  • Assessment

    8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

    Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields. No student comes to school adept in academic discourse -- thus, thoughtful instruction is required.
  • Student Voice

    Domingo: Somebody Just Like Me

    When students see themselves reflected in their teachers, it shows them that they too can succeed.
  • English-Language Learners

    Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

    Being an English-language learner in the United States is no honeymoon. Efforts to support ELLs have often been well meaning but misinformed. Indeed, a lot of assumptions about how to serve ELLs need to be checked. In this article, UC Berkeley experts Margaret Bridge and Bruce Fuller offer three examples of these faulty assumptions.
  • English-Language Learners

    3 Tips for Connecting With English Language Learners

    All students want to be part of the classroom community, and there are some simple ways to make English language learners feel included.
  • English-Language Learners

    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.
  • English-Language Learners

    Strategies for Easing Transition Shock

    English language learners in particular may be impacted by this form of stress, but simple strategies can help—and they benefit all students.
  • English-Language Learners

    Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

    From literacy instruction to arts and technology integration, explore strategies for engaging English-language learners.
  • Student Engagement

    10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners

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