We’re delighted to have the privilege to present about ELL to elementary staff throughout this school year. We’ve been able to share some common misconceptions about ELL students such as:
All ELL students learn English the same way and at the same rate
Good teaching for native speakers is good teaching for ELLs
Exposure and interaction will result in English Language Learning
Examining these misconceptions, we’ve learned that instruction for ELLs must be Purposeful, Intentional, and Explicit! We must always think, what is the language the ELL student needs in order to complete their tasks at school. The language must be present and accounted for to ensure ELL student success.
These handouts, shared at the session, describe a few strategies which can be used to ensure instruction for ELLs is Purposeful, Intentional, and Explicit and that the language students need is present in your classroom. Contact an ELL Instructional Coach to hear more about any of these strategies!
We had a wonderful response to the videos we shared in the session. They helped put a “real face” on the sometimes abstract-sounding idea of language acquisition. If you are interested in watching or downloading the Powerpoint, please click below.