How to ensure your EAL learners are making progress


Discussing the following areas:

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



Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners From literacy instruction to arts and technology integration, explore strategies for engaging English-language learners


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BICS and CALP Explained by Cummins


What better way to learn about theoretical constructs than by the person who invented them?  Watch the video here to learn about BICS and CALP:

<p><a href=”″>Dr Jim Cummins explains the differences between BICS and CALP.</a> from <a href=””>Teach Away Inc.</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Language Acquisition and Learning, a Discussion of Psychological Aspects


Read an interesting article here about the role of immersion on language proficiency.  Read “Learning Languages in the Classroom and “in the Wild”.  Second language learning and embodied cognition” here

Learning English isn’t Enough


Reclaiming The Language for Social Justice

By  Dr. Timothy Boals , WIDA Executive Director, Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Originally published for WCER on December 2, 2013.  The original post is here. 

For years we’ve heard the debate about whether teachers should use bilingual or English-only instruction when teaching English Language Learners (ELLs). This debate overlooks a more important issue: How can educators ensure ELLs’ overall academic success—not merely their acquisition of basic English?

The argument about educating ELLs is often more political than pedagogical. Framing the issue in terms of which approach is best for “learning English” has misled educators and the public. Learning English is simply not enough when the majority of students are also learning math, science, social studies, the regular English language arts curriculum, and many other subjects.

Policy makers and the public remain largely unconvinced of the role of the student’s native language and the need…

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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: An Introduction (Part I


ESL Methods


Good article “What we talk about when we talk about best practices: Methods and approaches”  sheds some light in the differentiation of methods and approaches.  who needs a refresher?  Read here:

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