Goal Setting with English Language Learners

Goal Setting with English Language Learners

Goal setting

Goal setting is helpful for students to reflect on their learning. They can set goals at any point in the year. This can be done at any point in the year, but can be particularly beneficial at the beginning of the school year, at the beginning of the calendar year, and before beginning WIDA or other language testing.

For English Language Learners this includes being aware of how they are progressing learning the English Language. This can look different depending on students age and language levels.

Use Rubrics

WIDA has rubrics for listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They are called Can Do Descriptors and are organized by grade levels. One strategy is to show students what their current language level is and have them record what their goal is for growth.

Set Small Goals

Students can also set goals based on tasks they want to learn how to complete. As part of the goal-setting process, they should think about what steps they need to take in order to complete their goal.

Use Graphic Organizers to Help Students Set Goals

I have a set of goal-setting graphic organizers for the four domains. One for reading, writing, listening and speaking to help students set goals in each language domain. This set also comes with some examples of goals to set for each language domain. There are a range of goals for each language level.

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