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6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

When our English language learners teach the expanding stage, we often feel they’re strong enough to work independently and do the same (or almost the same) work as their native English peers. However, there is still a lot of learning and growth they have to do, especially around academic language and course content. Here are… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Expanding English Language Learners

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10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

Working with developing English language learners can be difficult. They often seem to be more competent than they actually are because their casual and functional English skills are higher than their academic skills. They can do quite a bit independently, and often they want to, but they still require a lot of extra supports. I’ve… Continue reading 10 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Developing English Language Learners

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7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

Developing English language learners have enough foundational language skills to fictions fairly well in the classroom. However, they still need supports, especially around academic vocabulary, language conventions, and new concepts and content. Here are some of my favourite ways teachers can explicitly support developing English language learners.language conventions: PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF FINISHED WORK Students at… Continue reading 7 Things Teachers Can Do to Support Developing ELL Students

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6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Emerging ELL Students

I’ve written about the things teachers can do specifically to support emerging English language learners. Here, I want to specifically focus on the tools, strategies, and tasks we can provide emerging ELL students with to help find success. These are great activities for them to access in a variety of classes and grades. Check them… Continue reading 6 Tools, Strategies, and Tasks for Emerging ELL Students

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6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

Working with emerging English language learners is hard work, but there are a lot of things teachers can do to support these kiddos. Unlike beginning ELL students, emerging students are a bit more settled and have a higher vocabulary. They’ve especially become more comfortable with slang and everyday language. This can be a tricky level… Continue reading 6 Things Teachers Can Do To Support Emerging ELL Students

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9 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Speaking Skills

Speaking is one of the most fun skills to build when working with English language learners! It’s great to have time in class for conversation, discussions, games, and so on. Often as teachers, we don’t provide enough time in class for speaking. This is especially true with students building English skills. No wonder slang and… Continue reading 9 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Speaking Skills

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6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

Building writing skills in English language learners is, thankfully, one of the easiest skills we can assign and assess. Writing is tangible and we can fit it easily into the majority of classes we teach. That being said, we also need to make sure that the tasks we’re asking our english language learners to complete… Continue reading 6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Writing Skills

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6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Reading Skills

Reading skills are generally easier to assess than something like listening skills, but there are a lot more ways to build and assess them than simply using standardized tests. In fact, reading skills can be some of the most fun to build and grade because there are a ton of ways for teachers to be… Continue reading 6 Ways to Assess and Build ELL Reading Skills

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Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

It can be extremely difficult for many students to understand what they’re reading. Teaching reading comprehension is a major focus in Language Arts as well as other subjects, and it’s something I’m continuously asked about. Trying to read through important information can be hard for students for many different reasons. Perhaps they don’t know how… Continue reading Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

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Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

I’m sure we’ve all had students who have had very high aspirations and want to do well, but when push comes to shove, they lack follow-through and/or don’t know where to begin. It’s really important in these instances to teach students how to effectively follow a plan. Perhaps these kiddos are very distracted, get anxious,… Continue reading Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan