English Learners

5 Things You May Not Know About English Learners
5 Things You May Not Know About English Learners

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

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3 Strategies for Teaching English Learners Academic Language
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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Project-Based Learning: A Beneficial Approach for English Language Learners
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Project-based learning is a popular teaching practice built around student-driven projects, done either independently or collaboratively, that are often shared with one or more groups of students. This way, students are encouraged to learn by doing, which may lead to more interest, excitement, and energy in the classroom. The...

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Mind Your BICS and CALP: English Learners and Academic Language
Mind Your BICS and CALP: English Learners and Academic Language

Whether or not you have personally struggled with learning a foreign language, you may be struggling to gauge the language proficiency of the English Learners in your class. They may nod at the right times, laugh at your jokes, and even speak well in day-to-day conversations, but while these are...

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