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Phonological Awareness for ESL/ELL Students

Phonological Awareness for ESL/ELL Students

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist Do you have English Language Learners (ELLs) in your classroom who are struggling to learn to read? As many of us do, I wanted to review a crucial element in language and reading instruction that many second language learners miss. Phonological awareness instruction is essential for ELLs yet many children
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Using Thematic Units for English Language Development

Using Thematic Units for English Language Development

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist As classroom teachers we know the value of thematic units when teaching young learners. These units motivate children and engage students in learning. But did you know that English Language Development (ELD) instruction is best delivered using this same tried and true teaching technique?


Welcoming Young Children Who Speak Other Languages by Karen Nemeth

Welcoming Young Children Who Speak Other Languages by Karen Nemeth

  Those who teach preschool and early elementary students face unique challenges due to students’ limited language abilities.  When a child enters the classroom with no English language skills at all, the obstacles to communication can be overwhelming.  We asked author and educator, Karen Nemeth, M.Ed., to share some tips with you for welcoming limited
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#TeachChat Archive: Helping ESL Students Succeed – October 3, 2012

There are just some things it is hard to compete against and the Presidential Debates is one of them. While the #TeachChat on October 3rd was lacking in attendance, there was a lot of great content and resources that were shared. Check out this short #TeachChat transcript for some great ESL/ELL resources and information. Remember,
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Tips to Help Your English Language Learners Soar by Lori Wolfe

Tips to Help Your English Language Learners Soar by Lori Wolfe

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist We are knee deep back at school and looking good! October is the perfect month for teachers with second language learners to take a moment and think about their classroom set up and its connection to student achievement. Take a moment to insure that English Language Learners (ELLs) are oriented
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10 Great ESL and Spanish Blogs and Websites for Teachers

10 Great ESL and Spanish Blogs and Websites for Teachers

Finding resources for great ESL and Spanish teaching material can be challenging.  One of the best resources for information is on ESL and Spanish blogs that focus on practical ideas that can be easily implemented.  Check out 10 great ESL and Spanish blogs for teachers and students that are sure to help give you the
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Teaching ESOL Students While Creating Accessible Lessons for All

Teaching ESOL Students While Creating Accessible Lessons for All

by Sarah Plumitallo, Guest Blogger As a first year teacher at an elementary school with a high population of ESOL students, my greatest challenge in the classroom is creating lessons and learning opportunities that are accessible to each of my students. I’ve found that there are three strategies that make a great deal of impact:


Common Core Standards: English Language Learners (ELLs) and the Language Strand

Common Core Standards:  English Language Learners (ELLs) and the Language Strand

by Lori Wolfe, Monthly Columnist We are off and running with common core as we approach full adoption in the 2013-14 school year. With this in mind, have you checked out the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards? This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in
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Using Picture Prompts

Using Picture Prompts

Idea by Sheryl, ESL K-5 Teacher, Romeoville, IL My ESL students appreciate using graphic pictures as writing prompts. I have a collection of close up, interesting and unusual animal pictures that they love to choose from.


“Can We Talk?”

“Can We Talk?”

Idea by Lizette, 4th Grade Teacher, El Paso, TX My best advice when working with English Language Learners is to focus on their background knowledge by conducting a “Daily Concept Conversation.” Here’s how. At the beginning of each week, gather your students together and present them with several picture cards related to a common experiential
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