ELL Essentials

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!

Introducing Cooperative Learning                                      Introducing Graphic Organizers

Introducing Sentence Frames                                            Introducing Vocabulary

Stages of Language Acquisition Chart

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.

In Their Words…Students

In Their Words…Teachers

In Their Words…Administration 

ELL Essentials Powerpoint

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Holly Tracy

About Holly Tracy

Holly Tracy is an ELL Instructional Coach for Lincoln Public Schools. She works with the staff and administration at Adams, Arnold, Calvert, Cavett, Clinton, Hill, Humann, Kloefkorn, Maxey, Roper, Rousseau, and Zeman. Holly has had the chance to develop valuable partnerships with many teachers across these buildings as they support their ELL students and looks forward to continuing this work.

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