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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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  • 3 Tips for Co-teaching Multilingual Students

    Effective collaboration between language specialists and content teachers can help multilingual students succeed.
    Tan Huynh
  • Using Interactive Storytelling to Teach Key Vocabulary Terms

    Embedding important terms in stories created with upper elementary and middle school English learners helps them build their academic vocabulary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3 Strategies to Support English Language Learners in Social Studies

    Scaffolding such as visual guides and templates can make it easier for ELLs to grasp material in courses with complicated vocabulary.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Foundations of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching

    Teachers can provide multiple ways for English learners to engage with lessons and demonstrate their understanding.
  • 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.
  • illustration of the word "language" in multiple languages

    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.
  • 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.
  • 8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

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