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Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners

Do's & Don'ts For Teaching English-Language Learners
The number of English-Language Learners in the United States is growing rapidly, including many states that have not previously had large immigrant populations. As teachers try to respond to the needs of these students, here are a few basic best practices that might help. We have found that consistently using these practices makes our lessons more efficient and effective. We also feel it is important to include a few "worst" practices in the hope that they will not be repeated! Modeling Do model for students what they are expected to do or produce, especially for new skills or activities, by explaining and demonstrating the learning actions, sharing your thinking processes aloud, and showing good teacher and student work samples. Don't just tell students what to do and expect them to do it. Rate of Speech and Wait Time Do speak slowly and clearly, and provide students with enough time to formulate their responses, whether in speaking or in writing. Use of Non-Linguistic Cues

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Strategies for Teaching ELL Student in the classroom Teaching students who have a limited understanding of the English language can be a daunting task. Since ESL students speak a different language at home, some of them do not know the meanings of simple English words and phrases, and it can be difficult for teachers to communicate with them. Nevertheless, teachers can exercise more patience and try to find the right ways to help to their students become more proficient in the language. Here are a number of effective strategies for teaching ESL. Understand the Individual Needs of Students

Seven Things I Learned in Seven Years This EFL lesson is designed around a short film by Maria Popova and her reflections on what she has learned since she set up her wonderful website Brain Pickings titled Seven Things I Have Learned in Seven Years of Reading, Writing and Living. Students speculate on a photo, read a short article, watch a short film, talk about the points made in the film, and read the transcript of the film. Language level: Intermediate (B1) – Upper Intermediate (B2) Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners "The hardest part of living in a different country is the language barrier. Because you know you have to learn the language in order to survive." – Betina Johnson 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.

A Guide to Learning Disabilities for the ESL Classroom Practitioner Home > ELL Topics from A to Z > A Guide to Learning Disabilities for the ESL Classroom Practitioner By: Christine Root (1994) In many countries, learning disabilities are not recognized or, in some cases, they are recognized but not dealt with. This paper is meant to be a basic primer on learning disabilities. It will describe classroom behaviors associated with several common learning problems, the results of research into them and it will offer practical suggestions to classroom teachers for working more profitably with these students. Many of us who teach ESL have found ourselves wondering at one time or another whether a certain student might have a learning disability that is impeding his or her progress in English.

11 Of The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English It’s no secret that YouTube is an English language learner’s best friend. Because ESL/ELL teachers have been willing to turn the cameras on themselves, you can find thousands of lessons to help improve your English. However, sometimes it’s difficult to know where the true gold is among all the videos that show up in searches. Hopefully this list of 11 YouTube channels can help steer you toward some of the best ESL/ELL content YouTube has to offer in 2014. 11 Of The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English Types of Learning Disorders and Their Signs What are learning disabilities? Learning disabilities, or learning disorders, are an umbrella term for a wide variety of learning problems. A learning disability is not a problem with intelligence or motivation. Kids with learning disabilities aren’t lazy or dumb.

How to get started as an online teacher of English Have you thought about teaching English online? Emma Segev Opens in a new tab or window., second-time winner of the British Council's Teaching English blog award, gives some practical tips and useful websites for getting started. When I first started teaching ten years ago, I was extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of online teaching, but since then I have accumulated a lot of experience. I'd like to share with you a few things I've learned along the way. Getting started

Services The Center for Applied Linguistics has provided language and cultural orientation services to educators, service providers, and businesses for over 50 years. CAL specializes in developing effective solutions for educators and practitioners working with language learners at all levels of instruction (preK–12, higher education, and adult education). Drawing on years of experience as teachers, researchers, coaches, and curriculum developers, CAL staff provide the tools, training, and resources educators need to help students of all ages succeed. CAL also has a long history of providing resources to service providers working with refugees and immigrants to help them adjust to their new lives in the United States.

Diverse Teaching Strategies for Diverse Learners Edited by Robert W. Cole According to Diplomas Count: An Essential Guide to Graduation Policy and Rates (Olson, 2006), the national graduation rate is 69.6 percent. This report estimates that in 2006 more than 1.2 million students—most of them members of minority groups—will not graduate from high school in four years with a regular diploma. Traductor de archivos (Word, PDF, Excel, Powerpoint, OpenOffice, text) How good are the translated results? The resulting translated documents are machine translated by the magic of Google Translate. We do not make any guarantees towards the quality of the translations, nor would we recommend using any of these translated documents in a professional context. All documents are provided as-is, with no guarantee of quality or correctness, and should not be used as substitutes for a professionally translated document.

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Solutions: Professional Development Research-Based Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners It is critical that teachers of English learners (ELs) gain the knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach English language skills and academic content. CAL’s professional development sessions provide teachers with the conceptual knowledge and diverse learning strategies needed to help ELs succeed in school. Offering both Direct Strategies and Training of Trainers workshops and institutes, CAL Solutions’ professional development is designed and taught by experts in the field of English learning. Teacher Collaboration to Ensure EL Learning Collaboration among educators is needed if ELs are to excel in school.

Culture in the Classroom Educators today hear a lot about gaps in education – achievement gaps, funding gaps, school-readiness gaps. Still, there's another gap that often goes unexamined: the cultural gap between students and teachers. "A bunch of teachers here, they think they know what's wrong with us. But they don't know. If people want to help us, they have to see what we've been through, not from what their own experiences tell them." – Billie, a Lakota teen speaking of the teachers at her high school Most of us in the education profession are white, middle-class, monolingual-English speakers.

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