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Teaching Mood and Tone to ELLs

Teaching Mood and Tone to ELLs

Mood and tone are closely connected concepts. Tone is the author’s attitude towards the topic. Mood is the overall feeling the reader gets when they are reading the text. Mood is particularly subjective. The important part is that students are able to defend their reasoning with evidence.¬† Here are some ideas for teaching these topics to your ELLs. Review Feelings A quick review of feelings is a great way to begin a unit on mood or tone. This can help…

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5 Ways to Use Task Cards that will Keep Your ELLs Engaged

5 Ways to Use Task Cards that will Keep Your ELLs Engaged

Task cards are a great tool to support English Language Learners. There are many leveled sets available, making it easy to differentiate. There are cards with short reading passages, grammar practice, writing prompts, speaking questions, and more. Take a look at these five ideas for using task cards with your ELLs that will keep them engaged throughout the lesson. 1. Play a Game Kids love playing games. You can keep the game simple and print out a basic game board….

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Prefix and Suffix Task Cards for ELLs

Prefix and Suffix Task Cards for ELLs

Learning about prefix and suffixes can help increase a students vocabulary. When they learn about the meaning of common affixes the are able to greatly increase the number of words that they understand and can use. Reading vocabulary words in context helps to give them greater meaning than when they are in isolation. I created a set of prefix and suffix task cards to help my ELLs read affixes in the context of a short paragraph. This set of task…

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Oral Language Task Cards for ELLs

Oral Language Task Cards for ELLs

What is Oral Language? Oral Language skills are an important component of language development. It is made up of at least five key components (Moats 2010) including¬†phonological skills, pragmatics, syntax, morphological skills, and vocabulary. Students need opportunities throughout the day to practice their speaking and listening skills. For English Language Learners this is particularly important so that students gain proficiency in speaking and listening in English. Research shows that ELLs need a low-anxiety environment, repeated practice, comprehensible input, and drama…

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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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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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Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with ELLs

Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with ELLs

Help students learn to appreciate the environment around them and learn new vocabulary. Here are some ideas for celebrating Earth Day with ELLs. These are also great activities to get students outdoors and/or learning about the world around them. Go Outside Look for ways to take lessons outside. Going outside is great for student engagement. A recent study described in Psychology Today describes the benefits of outdoor learning. Here are some activities to try outside. Go on a scavenger hunt…

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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 animal 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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Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

Teaching ELLs Context Clues + FREE Context Clue Task Cards

Teaching ELLs Context Clues English Language Learners often read text without fully comprehending all of the words that they are reading. Using context clues are one way to help ELLs increase their overall comprehension of the text that they are reading. Many of the strategies of teaching context clues to ELLs is similar as when a native English speaker learns this strategy. There are some differences though. Think about what would make sense This is one of the first context…

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