Science instruction can benefit EL learners across all language levels


Reposted from Erik Halvorson

Excerpt:

While many educators express concern over when to introduce EL students to science lab activities and science instruction, a recent study has shown that ELs can strongly benefit from early and blended science and language instruction. The study also notes that engaging, hands-on science instruction not only helps students engage with science.  While many educators express concern over when to introduce EL students to science lab activities and science instruction, a recent study has shown that ELs can strongly benefit from early and blended science and language instruction. The study also notes that engaging, hands-on science instruction not only helps students engage with science knowledge, but can also assist them in developing academic language and conversational skills, as well as math, problem-solving, and vocabulary skills, due to the demands of group work, scientific recording strategies (journaling or report writing), and the interpretation and presentation of findings. The study emphasizes that science instruction, particularly when incorporating hands-on teaching strategies, can benefit students at all language levels, and can even help to hone and develop their skills across reading, writing, and math.

For a closer look at how science instruction can benefit all students, check out the recently published findings in Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity.

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