How to ensure your EAL learners are making progress


Discussing the following areas:

  • Language development
  • Sociocultural development
  • Academic development
  • Cognitive development
  • Change the terminology



The Best Advice To Content Teachers About Supporting English Language Learners


As always, good advice from Larry Ferlazzo at

A Quick-Start Guide for Teaching English-Language Learners


Useful to share with mainstream/content teachers.  Find at

Free Downloadable Resource Book: What Teachers Should Know About Instruction for English Language Learners


Great resource foe educators at

Excerpt of the executive summary:

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Brand New Action Research: A Narrated Presentation Summarizing ESL Strategy Used by Mainstream Teachers From Different Disciplines


By one of my graduate students:

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Designing a Language Rich Classroom



Learn about the components of a language-rich classroom and how to establish it.



What tools, resources, and strategies do you employ in your classroom, school, and district to help EL students access material and further develop English language and content area skills?


Education Connections

With the potential for continued growth of the number of EL students in the education system, it is essential for classrooms, schools, and districts to incorporate support structures and techniques that help all students succeed. One recent report (Farbman, 2015) highlights the importance of four effective practices to better support EL learners: 1) extending literacy block upwards of 2.5 hours a day; 2) data-driven designated academic intervention sessions which support core academic classes and subjects; 3) maintaining EL support services even for fluent students to further boost academic skills; and 4) ensuring enough time is allotted for educators and school staff to collaborate and plan on addressing student needs, as well as to attend professional development.

For a closer look at these four suggestions, as well as some additional supports to help EL learners, check out the fifth research summary in this list, or view the full report.


Farbman, D. (December 2015) Giving English Language Learners the Time They Need to Succeed. Boston, MA: The National Center for Time and Learning.

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