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This month, our school is focusing on English language instruction. Administrator walkthroughs are underway, observing the types of instruction already addressing the needs of ELLs and identifying the areas where teachers may need support. I’m excited about this shift in focus because there are many powerful strategies to use for ELLs. All my students can benefit greatly from strategies that are intended to help English learners, such as the use of graphic organizers, dramatic interpretations of stories, explicit teaching and modeling of lessons, and opportunities to speak with me and with one another in their own classrooms and in the world.
Take a look at Supporting English Learners in the Primary Classroom. This is a great place to begin because the strategies presented are adaptable for any grade level. The rich examples will help you see how these strategies operate in the classroom This is one great blog post that arrived just in time for me!
Thank you for visiting my BLOG. I hope that you will find information and inspiration for your work with English language learners, their families, and school personnel. The main purposes of this BLOG are to provide educators and administrators with tools for their jobs, to let professional know what is trending in the field of ESL so have access to relevant information, and to better prepared to identify areas for their professional development. Last but not least, it is an advocacy tool for bi- and multilingual individuals such as myself who raise multilingual children, and for our communities.
This BLOG is based on my volunteer efforts and lots of personal time, my students' and other readers' contributions, as well as relevant ELT content I stumble upon in professional circles. I am not receiving any compensation for this BLOG or my other BLOGS, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn publications, even though there are some ads displayed in the reader interface.
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