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Bilingual Students Need Support in Their Native Language


It is sad that we even still talk about this but we still need to share with schools that our English learners must get support in their home language to do better in English.  Read more here:

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Five Effective Strategies for Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom

Natalie Platon

In my 3rd grade classroom, I use a variety of strategies to help English Learners learn English more quickly and retain new vocabulary. After learning French on my own time, I have discovered several strategies that have improved my French drastically.

1.) Using technology to enhance learning – Technology offers a different alternative to more traditional strategies such as direct instruction. When I learn French, I use apps such as Duolingo and Memrise to enhance my vocabulary. In the classroom, I give students the opportunity to use different apps to improve their language skills.

2.) Collaborate often with classmates in small groups. – By working in small groups, English Learners have the opportunity to improve their speaking skills because they have to work with their classmates to complete a specific task.

3.) Read books that are appropriate for their grade level. – When I study French, I read books and articles…

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2, 4, 6, 8 It’s time to differentiate!

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Do You Differentiate?!

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Teaching English as a second English for children: creating a learning environment through playing or not?

ELT iCenter

Being teachers of English as a second language (ESL teachers), it is necessary for us to let children study in a positive classroom by encouraging them to take part in both outdoor and indoor activities. And in the scope of this post, we suggest ESL teachers trying to create a positive learning environment through allowing children to both learn and play when learning English.

First of all, we should understand what a positive learning environment and learning through play mean. A positive learning environment can be defined as a place where teaching and learning can take place simultaneously and flexibly in the most effective and productive manner. And learning through play is a term to describe how children can learn to make sense of the world around them, what they can gain from take part in meaningful activities and the relationship between learning and playing.

Generally, not all teachers pay…

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This article helps dispel seem common misconceptions about differentiated instruction

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