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ESOL Teacher Must Haves

ESOL Teacher Must Haves

10 ESOL Teacher Must Haves As an ESOL teacher I worked with students in a variety of settings. Here are my 10 ESOL teacher must haves that I have found to be valuable tools for working with students in a wide range of ages and levels. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click on an Amazon link and make a purchase. This does not cost you any extra money. Teaching…

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Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs

Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs

Tips for Starting the School Year with ELLs All students have a range of emotions when they start a new school year. Often they are excited to meet their teacher and see old friends. They can also be nervous about having a new teacher, learning new classroom procedures, and having to get to know new classmates. This is especially true for English Language Learners. These students can also have the added stress of not entirely understanding the instructions from their…

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Lists of Diverse Books for ELLs

Lists of Diverse Books for ELLs

Diverse books are a vital part of any classroom. This is especially true when there are English Language Learners in the room. Students need access to books that have characters that look like them and come from similar backgrounds to them. They also need to read about places and characters that are different from them. Take a look at these lists of diverse books for ELLs. Students benefit when the books that teachers use as mentor texts and read alouds…

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4 Ways to Support ELLs Writing through Listening and Speaking

4 Ways to Support ELLs Writing through Listening and Speaking

For many children learning a new language they go through a similar progression of language acquisition. Listening skills come first, then speaking, then reading, finally writing. With this information in mind, I find it helpful to integrate language skills. This also has the added benefit of helping students generate ideas in multiple ways and helping children that learn in different ways to be successful. Here are some ideas to help students listen and talk before they begin writing, including Speak…

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Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Summer Learning Tips for ELLs

Whether you are a summer school session, your school year is still going/already started, or you are looking for ideas to give to families to continue learning over the summer here are some summer learning tips to help you out. STEM Activities The summer is a great time to incorporate more hands-on learning. STEM activities are engaging and great for language development. Stick Fort Building– Try using twigs and having students build forts for dolls/action figures Baking Soda/Vinegar Powered boats–…

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Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Academic Language Teaching Ideas for English Language Learners Academic language is the language of school. Tier 2 vocabulary words that are found across different subject areas are components of academic language. For English language Learners it is particularly important to develop their academic language. For English Language Learners that are new to the country, it can take from seven to ten years for them to learn academic language. Johnson (2012) stats that “for ELL’s Academic language is a third language…

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Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs

Comparing and Contrasting with ELLs Comparing and contrasting is a higher order thinking skill and an important component of reading comprehension. It is also a great way for students to practice language skills and build academic language. When students compare they look for things that are the same. When they contrast they looks for items that are different. Doing these activities helps to expand their vocabulary and gives them practice using academic vocabulary. Comparing and Contrasting with Pictures Show students…

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Language Learning Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Language Learning Strategies for Teaching ELLs

Language Learning Strategies for English Language Learners English is a difficult language for native speakers to learn. I am amazed watching my toddler learn English as her first language. She picks up new vocabulary rapidity and experiments with language. She makes grammatical mistakes when she overgeneralizes grammar “ruler” that she has naturally picked up through listening to others speak and read English. For English Language Learners they go through a similar¬† process but have to navigate through additional challenges. As…

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Spring Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Spring Teaching Ideas for ELLs

Integrating seasonal topics is a fun way to help ELLs learn about the environment around them.¬† Here are some fun spring teaching ideas for ELLs. Teach about Animal Life Cycles Life cycles are great for teaching transition words. One fun activity is to show students a video of an eagle or other animals with eggs or newborn babies. In the spring there are many live feeds available. Students can make predictions about when the eggs will hatch. You can also…

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