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Strategies and Resources for Supporting English-Language Learners

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. UC Berkeley experts Margaret Bridge and Bruce Fuller offer three examples of these faulty assumptions: The expectation that Mexican-American English-language learners would enter U.S. schools with inadequate social competence turned out not to be realized. What About Grammar Drills? Everyone agrees that ELLs need help in mastering "the basics" of grammar usage. Non-Negotiable Vocabulary for ELLs to Study Below are a list of websites and books that suggest ways to support ELLs. Websites to Support English-language Learners English Grammar Word Builder offers printable lesson plans, grammar rules, and online exercises. Online Articles Discussing How to Support ELLs

Study Skills for ELLS ESL professionals realize that the best way to assess English language learners (ELLs) is to build assessment into instructional activities. We prefer to scaffold assessment in order to provide support for our students. However, ELLs must learn to survive in the real world of the content area class. It is useful, therefore, to teach second language learners study skills. Study Skills for ELLS Here are some studying techniques to show students when they are preparing for tests. Teach students to study actively. How to memorize material effectively ELLS need to learn to space study sessions so that they are not overwhelmed by the language demands and the content material to be mastered at the same time. Categories: Have students learn how to group items into categories in order to memorize them.

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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Seven Teaching Strategies for Classroom Teachers of ELLs In Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (ASCD, 2010), Debbie Zacarian and I listed seven teaching strategies for mainstream teachers of ELLs. These seven strategies are designed to help teachers meet the needs of all the students in their classes and to help make the mainstream classroom more inclusive for ELLs. 1.Provide comprehensible input for ELLs. Language is not “soaked up.” 2.Make lessons visual. 3.Link new information to prior knowledge. 4.Determine key concepts for the unit and define language and content objects for each lesson. 5.Modify vocabulary instruction for ELLs. 6.Use cooperative learning strategies. 7.Modify testing and homework for ELLs.

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 1) British Council LearnEnglish This is the official YouTube channel of the British Council. 2) Anglo-Link Run by Minoo Short of the UK, this channel provides lessons that are several minutes long and focus on subjects such as phrasal verbs, vocabulary, and listening skills. 3) JenniferESL When you learn English with Jennifer, you feel like you’re learning from a caring mentor. 4) Rachel’s English Rachel knows American pronunciation.

Listen A Minute: Easier English Listening and Activities Comprehensible Input and Output Comprehensible Input Language is not “soaked up.” The learner must understand the message that is conveyed. Comprehensible input is a hypothesis first proposed by Stephen Krashen. An English language learner may understand the message "Put the paper in your desk." When newcomers are assigned to a mainstream classroom and spend most of their day in this environment it is especially critical for them to receive comprehensible input from their teachers and classmates. Comprehensible Output According to research, learners need opportunities to practice language at their level of English language competency. A small group setting allows for more comprehensible input because the teacher or classmates modify or adapt the message to the listener’s needs.

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How to use songs in the English language classroom What makes for a successful song-based lesson? Adam Simpson, second-time winner of the British Council’s Teaching English blog award for his post on conditionals (written with Paul Mains), explains. One of the big problems we all face, whether teaching English to children or adults, is maintaining learners’ interest throughout our lessons. Consequently, we often have to be very creative in the techniques we use. What makes music such a great teaching tool is its universal appeal, connecting all cultures and languages. This makes it one of the best and most motivating resources in the classroom, regardless of the age or background of the learner. Planning for the use of songs in class The process of selecting a song is one of the most difficult aspects of using music in a lesson. Carefully examine what it is you want your class to learn in the lesson Is this going to be a lesson focusing on vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, or a particular topic? How old are your learners? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Tips for Teaching ELLs to Write Writing is the most difficult language skill for ELLs to master. Here are some of the challenges these students face in a writing class. English language learners have a limited vocabulary. What is Translated Writing? The biggest challenge for teachers working with ELLs is translated writing. Editing this type of writing presents insurmountable challenges for teachers. What about Free Writing and Unscaffolded Journal Writing? Should students be encouraged to free write? Teach nonfiction Reading and Writing Here are some tips to help your students avoid translated writing and promote thinking in English. Teach nonfiction reading writing first. Selecting Other Genre Once students have written nonfiction pieces and you want them to move on to other types of writing, you will still need to carefully select the genre. When you are ready to teach creative writing, use a dialogue journal rather than having students write in their own journals. Have students write about topics they find interesting.