Challenging your ELL Students

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Pupils-In-Class-Using-Digital--46597804.jpgDo you have English Language Learners in your classroom? There has been an increase of ELL students in some parts of the country. In Kindergarten alone, some schools have seen an increase of 50%. Currently there has been a shift in thinking.  Students should be encouraged to learn English, but also continue to become educated through their primary language. These types of students are referred to as Dual Language learners. The term Dual Language Learners was adopted by US Department of Education, more information can be found in this document.  This term is used to identify the growing population of students that come to school from homes that speak a primary language other than English. Most of these students are not fully fluent in English. With CCSS, Dual Language Learners struggle to meet these higher standards. With accommodations and support throughout the school year, students can become successful life longlearners.  Studies show that if Dual Language students who receive dual language support in their formative years (PK-3rd Grade), have a higher chance of reading at a proficient level and future success. 

Your plans should challenge, not overwhelm your ELL or Dual Language Learner.  Your students will become successful if you incorporate these principal ideas. 

  • Meet with parents-get to know your students' background.  
  • Read to students-all students can benefit from Read Alouds.
  • Provide access to engaging reading material-through online resources as well as traditional materials.
  • Label common items in your classroom- this encourages a print rich environment.
  • Find language specific resources for your students.

Helpful resources on Big Universe: 

These two heartwarming tales allow us to share our thoughts on "fitting in" and having friends. 

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Dorothy and the Glasses (Arabic) Written by Ivona Brezinova (Author), Mentor Llapashtica (Illustrator)

 
From the publisher, "Mommy, Daddy, and Dorothy's brother, Martin, all wear glasses. But not Dorothy. She knows that glasses make people see better, and she wants to see better, too. Never mind that she can see perfectly without them. She feels like an outsider in her own family, and so she draws glasses on her face and on all her toys. But when she tries on her Daddy's glasses, she gets a big surprise!"
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From the publisher, "Her best friend has moved far away to another country. She is still her best friend. They call, write letters, think about each other, remember each other's favorite food and plan one day to visit."

We love to hear from our readers, what other strategies have you incorporated while helping ELL or Dual Language Learners?

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Common Core, Differentiation, Reviews, Literacy

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