Classroom demographics change ever year. Changes in the typical classroom mirror changes in society. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that nearly 10% of all US students actively participate in an English Language Learning (ELL) program.
Whether you are a veteran teacher, or a brand new one, you will need resources to help students who are not proficient in English or are current ELLs. Regardless of your methodology, helping ELLs to acclimatize to regular classroom instruction requires not just skill, but also charisma and creativity. Here are some tips that will help ease this process.
1. Tag and Label - Make your classroom print-rich by labeling every area and as many objects as possible. This will be beneficial not only to ELLs but also to students who have limited recognition of sound and symbol. The more exposed students are to print, the more opportunities they get to store it in their long-term memory.
2. Pictures cues - Use pictures with your vocabulary ...
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Teaching 3271 Views
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Reading 3271 Views
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Other 3270 Views
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Teaching Methodology 3270 Views
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