English Learners

Take Your EL Classroom Outside! How to Use Gardening to Facilitate Conversation
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Using Gardening to Facilitate Conversation

There are several strands that feed into successful language acquisition for an English Learner (EL), as students must master skills such as vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax. Blended learning with language-learning software allows students to learn these skills at their own pace with targeted instruction as needed. Another important component...

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4 Ways to Engage Families of English Learners
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
4 Ways to Engage Families of English Learners

Family engagement has been widely accepted as one of the key factors that supports student achievement, reduces dropout rates, and positively impacts children’s learning in many other ways. It is defined as the mutual, ongoing relationship between families and educators that is built on trust and respect and is focused...

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Boosting ELL Achievement, State by State
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Boosting ELL Achievement, State by State

Many literacy educators are concerned about meeting the diverse needs of English language learners (ELLs), and rightly so. Using dual-language education programs, educational technology, and in-class instructional support, educators have made strides in helping students learn and master the English language...

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5 Technology Consideration Tips for ELL Teachers
Thursday, January 11, 2018
5 Technology Consideration Tips for ELL Teachers

To be sufficiently prepared for college and the workforce, all students must have strong digital literacy skills. In today’s marketplace, it's not only white-collar jobs that require digital literacy and ease of media use to present, record, and analyze data—blue-collar workers are expected to look for ways to increase productivity,...

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How To Choose Educational Technology That Benefits English Language Learners
Monday, August 7, 2017
How To Choose Educational Technology That Benefits English Language Learners

New types of edtech are being developed all the time, bringing new opportunities to students around the country—and creating difficult choices for educators and administrators. With so many excellent products on the market, how can we possibly choose the right edtech resources for our students? Often, these difficult decisions come...

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What Challenges do ELL and Title I Students Face in the Development of Oral Language?
Monday, July 24, 2017

Vocabulary is frequently thought to be the main component of oral language. However, in the broadest definition, oral language consists of phonology, grammar, morphology, vocabulary, discourse, and pragmatics. The acquisition of these skills often begins at a young age, before students begin focusing on print-based concepts such as sound-symbol correspondence...

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4 Surprising Ways Comics and Graphic Novels Can Benefit English Language Learners
Friday, July 7, 2017
4 Surprising Ways Comics and Graphic Novels Can Benefit English Language Learners

English language learners face a variety of challenges as they develop literacy skills in a new language. In addition to learning clear-cut vocabulary and grammar rules, ELL students must also become proficient in understanding cultural context, expression, and figurative speech in English. With all of these considerations, it can be...

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5 Things You May Not Know About English Language Learners
Monday, May 8, 2017
5 Things You May Not Know About English Language Learners

English language learners are often thought of as a homogenous group, but in reality, they are extremely diverse. Although you likely know these common facts about ELLs, you may not be as familiar with the underlying complexities of this often misunderstood population. Here are five things you may not know about...

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4 Surprising Ways Comics and Graphic Novels Can Benefit English Language Learners
Monday, April 3, 2017
4 Surprising Ways Comics and Graphic Novels Can Benefit English Language Learners

English Language Learners face a variety of challenges as they develop literacy skills in a new language. In addition to learning clear-cut vocabulary and grammar rules, ELL students must also become proficient in understanding cultural context, expression, and figurative speech in English. With all of these considerations, it can...

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3 Strategies for Teaching English Learners Academic Language
Monday, September 17, 2018
3 Strategies for Teaching English Learners Academic Language

A common misconception among teachers is that if a student can speak English fluently, he or she does not need extra accommodations in order to grasp the curriculum. In reality, many students struggle with academic language because their exposure to language outside of school does not include advanced words and...

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