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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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Understanding English Language Learner Teaching Strands

There are four main strands used when acquiring any new language: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here, I will break down each strand when we're teaching English language learners in our classroom. What it looks like and ways to assess and build these skills. Sme of these strands may seem more difficult to understand and… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learner Teaching Strands

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Understanding English Language Learning Levels

If you're new to teaching students whoa re learning English, it can be daunting to figure out all the levels and what students are expected to do at each. Most school boards recognize five distinct levels for English language development and assess and level students accordingly. I'll be using the following terms to break down… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learning Levels

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6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts

A lot of my teacher friends often tell me that teaching writing is one of the things they struggle with most. I totally get this; it can be really difficult to teach kids how to be creative and improve their content. I find that kids also struggle significantly with the editing process - so often… Continue reading 6 Tips for Using Would You Rather Writing Prompts