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An Overview of Teaching Reading to ELLs

An Overview of Teaching Reading to ELLs

Learning how to read is a complex process for all students. When you are teaching reading to ELLs, there is the added challenge that they are learning the vocabulary of English as they learn how to read. Some ELLs have the benefit of knowing how to read in their native language. This is helpful as many of the same skills will transfer over as they learn how to read in English. For young ELLs they are learning to read for…

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Co-teaching to Support ELLs

Co-teaching to Support ELLs

Co-teaching is when educators work together to support a group or whole class of students in a general education classroom. There are a number of different models of co-teaching between a classroom teacher and ESOL or ESL teacher. Some of the co-teaching models involve two teachers working with the whole group of student in different capacities. Teachers can also split students into small groups during a co-teaching partnership. Finally, students can be working independently with both teachers supporting them. Benefits…

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PD for ESOL Teachers

PD for ESOL Teachers

Professional Development for ESOL Teachers There are many reasons to look on your own for PD for ESOL teachers. It can be challenging to stay aware of current research on language acquisition. You might have limited opportunities to collaborate with other ESOL teachers can be. This is especially true if you are one of the only ESOL teachers at your school. Some districts offer great professional development around diversity, ELLs, and academic vocabulary. In other cases some of the PD…

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