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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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Read more about the importance of global competence in “Diversity drives demand for global lessons” here http://www.districtadministration.com/article/diversity-drives-demand-global-lessons
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Finally: U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
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From a classmate..tips for communicating in the ELL classroom
Here is a condensed version of tips to help teachers who have ELL students. These tips come from the book, Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment for English Language Learners.
- Restate complex sentences as smaller and simpler sentences
- No idioms
- Pause more
- Explain key vocab
- Use objects / visuals
- Graphic organizers / guided notes
- Time for discussion should be allowed to clarify