Do 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.
Dorothy and the Glasses (Arabic) Written by Ivona Brezinova (Author), Mentor Llapashtica (Illustrator)
We love to hear from our readers, what other strategies have you incorporated while helping ELL or Dual Language Learners?